The criminal case on the financing of the election campaign of Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007 by the regime of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi has been submitted to court, the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office of France announced on Friday. Thus, marks RFI, the point in ten-year investigation is put.
The process is tentatively scheduled for early 2025. Sarkozy, who has already been convicted in two cases of corruption and challenged these sentences, declares his complete innocence in the so-called “Libyan case.” Together with him, 12 people will appear before the court, including three former ministers in the Sarkozy government.
The completion of the investigation became known on May 11. The National Financial Attorney’s Office (PNF), which led the investigation, called for taking the case to court, preparing to support the prosecution. The last word remained with the magistrates. According to RFI, on August 24, two investigators in the “Libyan case” signed a 557-page order to transfer him to court.
The main witness for the prosecution claimed that in late 2006 – early 2007 he transferred 5 million euros to Nicolas Sarkozy, who then held the post of head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the head of his ministerial cabinet, Claude Gean.
Sarkozy will face criminal trial on charges of “passive corruption”, “criminal conspiracy”, “illegal campaign finance” and “concealing the misappropriation of public funds” in Libya.