Libyan diplomat faces Paris probe over operation to 'save Sarko' over election funding affair

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A Libyan diplomat with links to the French secret services has been placed under investigation for the “corruption of foreign judicial personnel”. He has admitted acting as a middleman to try to obtain the release of one of the late dictator Muammar Gaddafi's sons from a Beirut jail in order to serve the interests of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Fabrice Arfi, Karl Laske and Antton Rouget report.


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The affair involving the false retraction of Ziad Takieddine, a key witness in the Nicolas Sarkozy-Libyan election funding scandal, has taken an unexpected diplomatic twist. A former Libyan intelligence agent who is head of protocol at the Libyan Embassy in Paris, Hamadi Matug, aged 63, was placed under formal investigation on September 16th this year by investigating judge Vincent Lemonier, according to Mediapart's information.