Probe into Libyan funding of Sarkozy follows trail of cash

A French judicial investigation into the suspected illegal financing of Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2007 presidential election campaign by the regime of late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, opened after evidence of Tripoli’s agreement to make the payment was published by Mediapart, has in recent weeks stepped up questioning of suspects and witnesses in the case who have confirmed the abundant use of cash sums to pay campaign staff. Several former managers and secretaries of the campaign were placed in custody and questioned by police who also carried out searches of their homes. Fabrice Arfi, Karl Laske and Mathilde Mathieu report.

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Detectives from the French anti-corruption police unit OCLCIFF, working under the authority of judges Serge Tournaire and Aude Buresi, the examining magistrates in charge of the judicial investigation into the suspected illegal funding by late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi of Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2007 presidential election campaign, have been told by former campaign staff of the regular use of cash sums by their management, notably for the payment of wages.