Sarkozy-Libya: deleted messages suggest ex-president was kept informed about witness retraction

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Previously-deleted digital conversations that have been retrieved by an IT expert show that well-connected Paris paparazzi boss Michèle 'Mimi' Marchand oversaw from start to finish an operation which led to the false retraction of a witness statement by Ziad Takieddine. Takieddine is a key witness in the affair that centres on claims that the Libyan regime helped fund Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 election campaign. In those same messages Marchand stated that she was keeping the former president – who was given the nickname 'Zébulon' – informed in real time of events concerning the Takieddine evidence retraction saga. Fabrice Arfi, Karl Laske and Antton Rouget report.

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Judges investigating claims that Ziad Takieddine, a key witness in the Libya-Nicolas Sarkozy election funding affair, was induced to retract his evidence commissioned an IT specialist to retrieve deleted messages between some of the protagonists.