Ex-French President Nicolas Sarkozy is in police net after he was arrested over allegations he received funds from late Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi.
The questions relate to the financing of his 2007 presidential campaign, which he won, according to Le Monde.
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A former minister and close ally of Sarkozy, Brice Hortefeux, was also being questioned by police on Tuesday morning in relation to the Libya investigation, another source close to the probe said.
Sarkozy, who served as president from 2007 to 2012, has always denied receiving any illicit campaign funding and has dismissed the Libyan allegations as ‘grotesque’.
In January French businessman Alexandre Djouhri, suspected by investigators of funnelling money from Gaddafi to finance Sarkozy’s campaign, was arrested in Britain and granted bail after he appeared in a London court.
Tripoli, LYBIA: French President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) is welcomed by Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi (R) upon his arrival in Tripoli 25 July 2007. Sarkozy arrived in Tripoli for a meeting with Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, a day after the release of six foreign medics, an AFP correspondent said. Sarkozy has touted his visit as a “political trip” to help Libya’s reintegration into the international community after decades of sanctions and isolation. AFP PHOTO PATRICK
Sarkozy has already been ordered to stand trial in a separate matter concerning financing of his failed re-election campaign in 2012, when he was defeated by Francois Hollande.
He can be held by police for up to 48 hours before facing magistrates.
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