Justice Investigation

Sarkozy-Gaddafi funding affair: the prosecutors' case for sending Sarkozy for trial

French prosecutors earlier this month recommended that former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, along with three of his former ministers and nine other individuals, stand trial for the alleged illegal funding of his 2007 election campaign by the regime of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Mediapart obtained access to the 425-page document in which the prosecutors detail the evidence and their conclusions. The Libyan financing arrangements could not have been carried out, they write, “without the consent and the perfect knowledge” of Sarkozy, for whom “the hoped-for advantage consisted of obtaining secret financial support for the 2007 electoral campaign”. Fabrice Arfi and Karl Laske report.

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Ten years after a judicial investigation was opened into evidence, first revealed by Mediapart in 2011, suggesting that Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2007 presidential election campaign received illegal financing from the regime of the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, French public prosecutors have this month recommended that Sarkozy and 12 others, including three of his former ministers, stand trial over the alleged funding.

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