Karachi blast probe rapporteur demands truth from Constitutional Council

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Bernard Cazeneuve, rapporteur for the French parliament's mission of enquiry into the deaths in a bomb blast in Karachi in 2002 of 11 French naval engineers, tells Mediapart of his outrage at the 'obstruction'of the judicial investigation into the murders, and says the Constitutional Council "owes it to the victims" to reveal the truth about Edouard Balladur's presidential election campaign funds.

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French investigating magistrate Renaud van Ruymbeke, specialised in financial crime, announced on October 7th he is to open an enquiry into suspected 'misuse of company property' (in French, abus de biens sociaux) in the 1994 sale by France to Pakistan of the three Agosta 90 attack submarines. Van Ruymbeke's enquiry,which was opposed by the public prosecutor's office1, will focus on the suspected payment of illegal kickbacks from the sale of the submarines to fund former prime minister Edouard Balladur's 1995 presidential election bid.