Fugitive suspect in Sarkozy-Gaddafi funding probe jailed in France

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One of the key suspects in the marathon judicial probe into alleged funding of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2007 election campaign by the regime of late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was this weekend placed in preventive detention in France after losing a two-year legal battle to avoid his extradition from Britain. French judges have formally placed Alexandre Djouhri under investigation for nine alleged offences, including “active corruption”, aiding and abetting, and receiving, the proceeds of the “misappropriation of public funds”, “money laundering the proceeds of corruption”, “forgery and the use of forgeries” and “tax fraud”. Fabrice Arfi and Karl Laske report.

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A key suspect in the marathon judicial probe into alleged funding of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2007 election campaign by the Gaddafi regime in Libya was placed in preventive detention in France on Friday after losing a two-year legal battle to avoid his extradition from Britain.