By Steve Dellar  |  03-22-2018   News
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After two days of questioning, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been put under official investigation (the next step in the judiciary process) for his alleged role in the Libyan corruption scandal.

Mr Sarkozy, who has now been released but needs to stay in the Paris area during the course of the investigation, meanwhile says his Libyan accusers are seeking vengeance for his decision to deploy French warplanes during the uprising which overthrew Gaddafi in 2011.

(Back in 2011, then-President Nicolas Sarkozy, together with UK Prime Minister David Cameron, sent NATO warplanes to bomb the Libyan army as they were trying to quell a popular uprising. As Mr Gaddaffi lost power soon afterward, Libya descended into civil war and chaos. In September 2012, terrorists attacked the CIA compound in Benghazi and killed the US ambassador)

In 2011, one week before French and UK fighter jets would bomb them, the Gaddafi family gave interviews to the western press. The son of dictator Muammar Gaddafi, called Saif al-Islam, at that moment already hinted that Mr Sarkozy was betraying them: “Mr. Sarkozy cannot play with us forever.”

“He plays a very dirty game. And we can do the same thing with him,” before adding, “He should be very careful.”

One week later, French jets bombed Tripoli, leading to dictator Gaddafi's downfall and his eventual bloody death at the hands of rebels.

<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&#39;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&#39;s son said this in 2011: <a href="https://t.co/b4NxYCGJ5H">pic.twitter.com/b4NxYCGJ5H</a></p>&mdash; 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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His son, Saif-al-Islam Gaddafi escaped and has now, in the light of Mr Sarkozy’s investigation exactly 7 years after, whilst he is running to be elected President of Libya, revealed that he is willing to hand over all the evidence the French courts may need to convict what he believes is the ‘killer’ of his father.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It&#39;s now official: Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, the son of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Gaddafi?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Gaddafi</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Libya?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Libya</a>&#39;s ousted dictator, will run for presidency.<a href="https://t.co/nUvaKqfIdP">https://t.co/nUvaKqfIdP</a></p>&mdash; Abdiaziz Mahdi (@AMAGuudcadde) <a href="https://twitter.com/AMAGuudcadde/status/976767346852421632?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 22, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Meanwhile, former French President Sarkozy continues to decry his innocence to all those willing to hear it.

Mr Sarkozy: "I have never sought to evade my obligations in my dealings with my friends, colleagues and all the people mentioned in these proceedings."

"I have never sought to influence their statements or judgments. I am accused without any physical evidence."

Source:

http://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2018/03/22/mise-en-examen-de-nicolas-sarkozy-indispensable-justice_5274759_3232.html

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