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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy remained in police custody for a second day over the alleged payment of €50 million received from former Libyan dictator Gaddafi as French citizens were baffled over the possible imprisonment of their former President.
Sarkozy, France’s rightwing president from 2007 to 2012, was first taken into custody on Tuesday morning (see our related coverage) by a police cell which specializes in corruption, money laundering and tax evasion.
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They did allow for the former president, 63 years old, to spend the night in his Paris apartment but he remained under police custody and had to return to the police station as from 8am. Paris investigators now have another 24 hours to further question him. After that, following the French judiciary system, he can possibly be brought before a judge to face charges.
<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Le Monde: Nicolas Sarkozy, former French President, is now in custody for receiving €50 million from Libya's Muammar Gaddafi to finance his 2007 campaign.<br><br>Sarkozy personally engineered the 2011 Libya invasion that killed Gaddafi.<br><br>Saif Al Islam, Gaddafi's son said this in 2011: <a href="https://t.co/b4NxYCGJ5H">pic.twitter.com/b4NxYCGJ5H</a></p>— Just Event online (@Justeventonline) <a href="https://twitter.com/Justeventonline/status/976335794859261953?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 21, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Sarkozy continues to deny the allegations, stating the claims are “grotesque”.
(during the election campaign for his party les republicains last year, he was asked the question in a debate and failed to answer)
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Back in April 2012, the French investigative website Mediapart had already published a document which it claims was signed by a senior official from the Libyan government approving a payment of €50m to “support” Sarkozy’s election campaign.
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Many in France claim that this is a Libyan revenge operation as Sarkozy ordered the bombing of Libya by NATO in 2011 together with then UK Prime Minister David Cameron.