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Probe launched into alleged Gaddafi funding of Sarkozy campaign

Probe launched into alleged Gaddafi funding of Sarkozy campaign
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French authorities are investigating allegations that late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi donated money for one of Nicolas Sarkozy’s presidential campaigns.

The judicial inquiry is being carried out by French prosecutors who are looking into whether the 2006/07 campaign received more than 50 million euros from Gaddafi.

Sarkozy is not named in the investigation.

The probe stems from claims by Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine, who says he has written proof that money was given by Gaddafi.

Takieddine also claims Sarkozy’s ex-chief of staff and former interior minister Claude Guéant was involved. Guéant denies any wongdoing.

When interviewed by euronews two years ago, Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, claimed he had proof that Libya financed Sarkozy’s election campaign and that he was ready to publish bank documents. He even went as far as to ask for the money back.

Sarkozy has denied receiving any cash from the Libyan regime.

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