Gaddafi funding of Sarkozy campaign: the expert testimony that backs Mediapart evidence

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In April 2012, Mediapart published an official Libyan document that revealed that the regime of the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi approved payment of 50 million euros to fund Nicolas Sarkozy's successful 2007 presidential election campaign. The publication of the document prompted the opening of a judicial investigation into the claims that Gaddafi illegally financed Sarkozy’s campaign, and the ongoing probe represents a major threat to the former president who this month announced his return to active politics. “About Libya, the judges know that the documents are false,” said Sarkozy in an interview published last weekend. But in fact, as Fabrice Arfi and Karl Laske report, the magistrates leading the investigation have collected statements from numerous experts whose testimony gives credence to the document published by Mediapart.

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On April 28th 2012, Mediapart published a document written by a senior figure in Libya in 2006 which stated that the regime of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi - who was overthrown and assassinated in 2011 - approved payment of 50 million euros to back Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 presidential election campaign.