Sarkozy in custody over Libyan funding

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is held in police custody for questioning by magistrates over the allegations of funding from Libyan sources for his 2007 election campaign, an official in the French judiciary said.

A former minister Brice Hortefeux, was also being questioned by police on in relation to the Libya investigation, another source close to the probe said.

Information about Sarkozy campaign funding from Libya have been circulating for a decade, however is it just this morning Sarkozy was questioned on the issue.

A French-Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine has publicly repeated claims that the former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi gave €50m to fund Nicolas Sarkozy’s successful 2007 campaign for the French presidency.

In a film published on the news website Mediapart, Ziad Takieddine, who introduced Sarkozy to Gaddafi, insists he handed over cases stuffed with cash to the former French leader and his chief of staff, Claude Guéant.

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