Sarkozy is charged with establishing a criminal association

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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been charged with involvement in a criminal association in a case involving the alleged financing of his presidential campaign in 2007 by Libya. This was reported on Friday, 16 October, by BFMTV channel with reference to the national financial prosecutor’s office.

On March 21, 2018, Sarkozy was charged with corruption, illegal campaign financing and concealment of Libyan public funds. The former head of state himself stated then during interrogation that he was charged without any material evidence – based on statements of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, his son, nephew, cousin, representative, as well as former Prime Minister Ziad Takiddin, RIA Novosti reports.

After 26 hours of interrogation, the politician was left free, but judicial control was established. The former French leader was banned from visiting Libya, Egypt, Tunisia and South Africa, as well as from communicating with other defendants in the case.

The investigation into the case began in 2012, after the French edition of Mediapart published documents stating that the Libyan authorities had transferred €50 million to the Sarkozy presidential campai

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