Karachi Affair probe blocked by 'lying statements' of French intelligence officers


In May 2002, 11 French naval engineers were murdered in a suicide bomb blast in the Pakistani port city of Karachi. The ongoing French judicial investigation into the massacre, which has become known as the ‘Karachi Affair’, has uncovered strong evidence suggesting it was linked to a secret political funding scam in France. Several survivors of the blast are now engaged in a legal battle to get to the truth as to whether former French intelligence officers have lied on oath about what their agency knew about the links between a wealthy Saudi figure, Ali Ben Moussalem, identified as a key figure in the case and the politicians suspected of corruption. Fabrice Arfi reports.    

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Last month, the Paris public prosecutor’s office last month refused to open an investigation into the contradictory statements given by former senior French intelligence officers to the judicial investigation into the May 8th 2002 suicide car bomb attack on a coach carrying French naval engineers in the Pakistani port city of Karachi.