Sarkozy, former Min held for police questioning; for Libyan funding case

Apart former Sarkozy, Brice Hortefeux, who is also a former Minister, is also being questioned by police

Facing allegations of Libyan funding into the 2007 election campaign, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was being held in police custody on Tuesday.

He will be questioned by magistrates looking into allegations.

It need be recalled that France opened a judicial inquiry in 2013 into allegations that Sarkozy’s successful 2007 election bid benefited from illicit funds from late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Apart former Sarkozy, Brice Hortefeux, who is also a former Minister, is also being questioned by police.

While Sarkozy served as president from 2007 to 2012, he has always denied receiving any illicit campaign funding.

Sarkozy has already been ordered to stand trial in a separate matter concerning financing of his failed re-election campaign in 2012 when he was defeated by Francois Hollande.

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