Sarkozy to face trial in corruption case

Sarkozy to face trial in corruption case

The case concerns financing of the election campaign in 2007 by the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy will face trial in a corruption case. According to RBC with reference to Reuters, the case concerns financing of the election campaign by the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2007.

Law enforcement authorities believe that the former President offered the judge a raise in exchange for data on the investigation into the receipt of funds for the company by L'Oreal co-owner Lilian Betancourt. Subsequently, the ex-President was acquitted of this charge. According to Sarkozy’s attorneys, the investigators exceeded their authority.

In early 2018, Sarkozy was arrested in connection with financing of his election campaign. French-Lebanese businessman Ziyad Takiddin claimed Libya’s involvement in the campaign. According to him, he transferred 5 million euros from Tripoli to Paris in the period from late 2006 to early 2007, which were subsequently received by Sarkozy and the head of his campaign headquarters. The ex-President denied all charges.

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