Authorities in Beirut have reportedly arrested a French-Lebanese businessman linked to allegations of illicit Libyan financing for Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2007 French presidential election marketing campaign, on foot of an Interpol request.
Ziad Takieddine fled to the Lebanese capital earlier this 12 months after a French courtroom sentenced him to 5 years in jail in a separate case involving hundreds of thousands of euros he’d allegedly acquired for arms gross sales to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
Takieddine beforehand claimed he had personally delivered suitcases carrying a complete of €5 million from Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in Tripoli to Sarkozy’s chief of employees again in France in 2006 and 2007.
Nevertheless, he retracted the declare in regards to the Libyan funds final month, as a substitute accusing the Justice of the Peace overseeing the trial of the previous French president of getting twisted his phrases to make him “say issues which might be completely contradictory” to what he really stated.
Takieddine will now be questioned by Lebanon’s normal prosecutor to ascertain whether or not or not the fees towards him are justified and may be confirmed in courtroom, the AFP reported. If the case proceeds, his trial may very well be held in Lebanon, the place he’s a citizen, or in France, with him being extradited again there.
Sarkozy is presently on trial in a separate case, accused of corruption and influence-peddling for allegedly trying to bribe a Justice of the Peace in return for details about an investigation into his occasion’s funds.
On Thursday, former French Inside Minister Claude Gueant was charged with being a part of a legal conspiracy over the Libyan funding investigation. Gueant was seen as an in depth ally of Sarkozy, working as his chief of employees from 2007 to 2011 and his Inside Minister from 2011 to 2012.
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