Sarkozy is on the bench for receiving funds from Gaddafi for his 2007 election campaign

Nicolas Sarkozy will have to sit on the bench again in early 2025 to face allegations of financing his campaign for the 2007 elections, with which he managed to be elected President of France with funds from the regime of then Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

The National Treasury Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) said in a statement on Friday that the judges in charge of the case have concluded their investigations and prosecuted both Sarkozy and 12 other men. including former ministers Claude Guéant, Brice Hortefeux and Éric Woerth.

The person who was head of state between 2007 and 2012 faces four charges: Obtaining embezzlement of public funds, passive corruption, illegal financing of election campaigns and association of criminals with regard to the commission of a criminal offense punishable by imprisonment of 10 years.

Guéant, Hortefeux and Woerth, like other members of Sarkozy’s campaign team, face various charges, most notably their complicity in irregular financing.

One of the accused is turbulent businessman and arms dealer Ziad Takieddine, the version of which has changed several times over time. According to the allegation, Takieddine acted as a courier between the Gaddafi regime and his cabinet, which was France’s interior minister in 2006, before his victory in the presidential elections.

Even the one who was Gaddafi’s chief of staff Bechir Saleh Bashir Al Sharghawiwho has been living as a refugee in South Africa for more than six years and is being charged by the French judiciary.

That explained the PNF The trial will take place between January 6th and April 10th, 2025 in front of Room 32 of the Paris Prison Court, although before that two program hearings are scheduled for March 7th and September 5th next year.

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The scandal first erupted in 2012 when the information site mediapart made the first disclosures, notably a December 2006 memo detailing “campaign funding arrangements” that would have led to it the payment of 50 million euros.

Sarkozy, who has denied all these allegations, already convicted twice for other crimesthe first on March 1, 2021, when he became the first former French president to be sentenced to a final sentence of three years in prison, two of them on duty of compliance and the third under house arrest, on charges of corruption and drug trafficking

On September 30, 2021, Sarkozy was also sentenced to one year in prison, which he could serve under house arrest if confirmed on appeal illegally funding his 2012 presidential campaignin which he was defeated by the socialist François Hollande.

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