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It is new evidence of the pact that Nicolas Sarkozy's team had with the Libyan regime under Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Archives from the former regime, gathered by an elected representative in Tripoli connected with the 2011 revolution, Samir Shegwara, show that the Sarkozy clan was willing in 2005 to help a key figure in Libya with his legal case. In that year, just a month-and-a-half after Nicolas Sarkozy's first visit to Tripoli, his close friend and personal layer Thierry Herzog himself went to the Libyan capital offering to obtain a complete “quashing” of the criminal proceedings against Colonel Myammar Gaddafi's brother-in-law and security chief Abdullah Senussi. Senussi had been jailed for life in his absence for masterminding the 1989 bombing of a French UTA airline DC10 passenger plane over Niger, in which 170 people lost their lives.In March this year, when he was being questioned in custody in relation to claims that his 2007 presidential campaign was funded by the Libyan regime, Nicolas Sarkozy denied having any contact with the Libyan spy chief. He said that he had been “warned” by officials at the Ministry of the Interior – where he was minister at the time - “against a meeting with Senussi, who was wanted by the international justice system”. The former president also claimed that “this man [editor's note, Senussi] tried to contact a lawyer who is close to me, namely Thierry Herzog”. But his friend had told him that it was “out of the question that he would ever be Senussi's lawyer”.
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