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Libyan funding: Nicolas Sarkozy cleared customs by Ziad Takieddine, his main accuser



► What role is Ziad Takieddine playing in this affair?

Ziad Takieddine is one of the two main accusers in the investigation into a possible Libyan financing of Nicolas Sarkozy’s victorious campaign in 2007. I handed three suitcases of Libyan money to Guéant and Sarkozy , he said in November 2016, in a video broadcast on Mediapart. In total: 5 million euros would have been paid between November 2006 and January 2007. The person concerned had subsequently reiterated this accusation in front of the judges and in the press.

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Ziad Takieddine was at the time questioned in the context of another illegal financing trial, that of Edouard Balladur’s presidential campaign in 1995. In this so-called Karachi case, he was sentenced to five years in prison in June. 2020, but has since taken refuge in Lebanon.

Journalist at Mediapart, Fabrice Arfi reacted by insisting on the context of the turnaround of a man ruined and on the run . Explaining: This exit of Takieddine fits perfectly to Sarkozy’s new defense strategy in the Libyan affair.

► What can be the consequences of this turnaround?

“The judicial information opened on the only false statements of Ziad Takieddine is today in a complete impasse. The main accuser admits his lies ”, rejoiced Nicolas Sarkozy. He will therefore file a “Request for dismissal in examination” and initiate proceedings for slanderous denunciation against the initial statements of Ziad Takieddine. In this case, the former President of the Republic was successively indicted for passive corruption, illegal campaign financing, concealment of Libyan public funds in March 2018, then for conspiracy in October 2020.

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But in a statement released at the end of the day, the national financial prosecutor’s office made an update. Not only “Questioned six times by various investigating judges, Mr. Ziad Takieddine never went back on his first statements”, Moreover “The indictments in this case are based on serious or consistent clues which are not limited to the statements of a single person”.

Abdallah Senoussi, a former Libyan dignitary, declared in September 2012 before the International Criminal Court: Regarding the support given to Western personalities to enable them to gain power, the sum of 5 million euros was paid for the campaign. (by Nicolas Sarkozy) in 2006-2007. I personally supervised the transfer of this sum.

Fabrice Arfi also mentions a second secret Libyan funding channel, via Thierry Gaubert and no longer Claude Guéant. Whatever Takieddine says, the judges have bank evidence that a close friend of Sarkozyreceived Libyan money via Takieddine, by transfer, to an offshore account , assures the journalist of Mediapart.

► What are the other legal deadlines for Nicolas Sarkozy?

Nicolas Sarkozy was indicted and referred to the criminal court in two other cases. His trial in the so-called wiretapping case will take place from November 23 to December 10, 2020. He is suspected of active bribery and influence peddling for having tried to obtain secret information on the progress of legal proceedings concerning him.

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Finally, his trial in the Bygmalion case will take place from March 17 to April 15, 2021, on possible illegal financing of his presidential campaign, this time that of 2012.

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