The case of Interpol, its secretary general, his personal lawyer and a contract to track down the Gaddafi clan's secret fortune

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Interpol has provided exceptional assistance, including confidential information, to a French lawyer hired since 2011 by its secretary general for his divorce proceedings, in order to help him win a lucrative contract with Libya as part of an Interpol-sponsored project to recover assets looted by the late dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Mediapart has gained access to correspondence demonstrating how Interpol’s Director of Legal Affairs used key contacts of the international police cooperation organisation to ensure that the authorities in Tripoli agree to hire the lawyer’s services. Mathilde Mathieu reports.

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Interpol has provided exceptional assistance, including confidential information, to a French lawyer hired by its secretary general as his legal counsel in his divorce proceedings, to help him win a lucrative contract with the Libyan authorities as part of an Interpol-sponsored project to recover assets looted by the late dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Mediapart can reveal.