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Ex-French President Sarkozy accused of participation in a “criminal group”

For the first time in the history of France, a former president has been accused of such a crime. Also, cases have been opened against Sarkozy under other articles.

In France, ex-president of the country Nicolas Sarkozy was accused of participation in a “criminal group.” We are talking about the suspicion of financing his election campaign from Libya in 2007. BFMTV reported this on Friday, October 16, citing the national financial prosecutor's office.

It is noted that this is the first time that such accusations are brought against the former president of the French Republic.

Before that, Sarkozy spoke with anti-corruption judges for four days.

Law enforcement authorities believed that the election campaign could be financed by Muammar Gaddafi. Therefore, after the end of Sarkozy's term as president in 2012, wiretapping of his telephone conversations began.

The investigation became interested in the transfer of funds through one of Sarkozy's longtime associates, Thierry Gobert. Allegations of participation in a criminal group were brought against him in January this year. The investigation suspects that these transfers may have been used to finance Sarkozy's campaign.

Nicolas Sarkozy reacted by posting on social networks, in which he continues to insist on his innocence.

“I answered all the questions raised, never once found it difficult to answer, and now my innocence is again questioned by a decision that is not supplemented by any evidence of non-transparent funding,” Sarkozy said.

This is the fourth case against Nicolas Sarkozy. Also, between November 23 and December 10, a trial is to be held on charges of corruption in a “wiretapping” case, and between March 17 and April 15, 2021, on illegal financing of the 2012 election campaign, in which spending was allegedly understated.

We will remind, a few years earlier, the son of Gaddafi said that he had evidence against Sarkozy.

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