French law bans candidates from receiving cash payments above £6,300, but the massive donation is said to have been laundered through bank accounts in Panama and Switzerland. The late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi claimed that he had financed the 2007 campaign, saying “it’s me who made him president”. The claim was accompanied by a signed statement from former Libyan Foreign Minister, Moussa Koussa. A document made public in Paris is said to show that the French leader and the former Libyan dictator made an illegal financial deal.
Sarkozy and Gaddafi
A bundle of incriminating evidence was originally leaked by senior members of Libya’s National Transitional Council to media. France opened a judicial inquiry in 2013 into those allegations. Sarkozy has always dismissed the claims. He was summoned now to a police station in Nanterre. Nicolas Sarkozy has been charged with corruption. He can be held for up to 48 hours and presented to Magistrates Court for indictment immediately if police seek charges. Nicolas Sarkozy was president of France between 2007 and 2012. It was the first time in modern history that a French ex-president had been detained by police is not the first French ex-president to face the law. His predecessor, Jacques Chirac, was convicted in 2011 on corruption charges and was given a two-year suspended prison term.