Sarkozy-Libya funding probe: judges investigating witness tampering denounce ‘case of major gravity’

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Documents to which Mediapart has obtained access reveal evidence suggesting how a witness tampering plot was mounted to discredit the case against former French president Nicolas Sarkozy in a judicial investigation into the alleged funding of his 2007 election campaign by the regime of late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. According to judges investigating the alleged plot, it was “aimed at influencing the statements of a witness and to mislead, even to publicly discredit, the examining magistrates in charge of a case of particular sensitivity”. Fabrice Arfi, Karl Laske and Antton Rouget report.

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French magistrates probing evidence of the subornation of a key witness in a judicial investigation into the suspected Libyan funding of Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2007 presidential election campaign have, in their summary report in the case, have described a criminal project “aimed at influencing the statements of a witness and to mislead, even to publicly discredit, the examining magistrates in charge of a case of particular sensitivity, in which a former French president is notably placed under investigation”.