Former French Interior Minister, Charles Pasqua, is claiming that Jacques Chirac is one of many top politicians who knew about illegal arms sales to Angola.
Last month Pasqua was convicted over his part in weapons deals to the African nation during their civil war. But he is saying that he is the victim of a media lynching, and now he is naming names – implicating his former centre-right allies. Speaking at a press conference, Pasqua asked: “How were these sales considered illegal? The highest authorities knew about these sales. Why has no one else been prosecuted for being complicit?” As well as the former President, Pasqua is also claiming ex-Prime Minister, Dominique de Villepin, knew all about the deals. The Angolagate trial centred on 790 million euros worth of arms sales to Angolan President, Eduardo dos Santos, while his troops fought rebels between 1993 and 1998.