Since April the year 2012, the investigative website Mediapart published a document purportedly signed by a senior Libyan figure, in the then “Jamahiriya” government of strong African leader, Gaddafi; “stating the regime approved a payment of €50m” to support the election campaign of former France’s President, Nicola Sarkozy.
Earlier in March 2011, Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi revealed and demanded through ‘Euronews’, for Nicolas Sarkozy to repay monies he alleged were given to him (Nicolas) by the Libyan authorities in 2007 for his election campaign.
The sum in question is more than double the legal campaign funding limit of France, which was €21m in 2007.
“Sarkozy has to give back the money he accepted from Libya to finance his electoral campaign. We financed his campaign and we have the proof … The first thing we’re demanding is that this clown gives back the money to the Libyan people.” Saif al-Islam Gaddaf protested in an interview with EuroNews.
Sarkozy was France’s rightwing president from 2007 to 2012.
Last year, French Police detained and formally charged him with corruption and illegal campaign financing over allegations related to Muammar Gaddafi funding of his election in 2007, but has since released him with little progress known about the fate of the case.
France under the leadership of Sarkozy together with the United States In 2011, led the NATO-backed forces that saw Gaddafi dead.
Diplomatic sources exposed that the then French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, wanted the Libyan strongman death after he threatened to disclose hefty cash donations to Sarkozy’s presidential campaign in 2007.
There is no uncertainty about the authenticity of the claim made against Nicolas.
Ziad Takieddine, a wealthy French-Lebanese businessman and close alia to Gaddafi’s regime, told Mediapart in 2016 “that he had personally delivered suitcases stuffed with cash from the Libyan leader as payments towards Sarkozy’s campaign”. This according to him happened in three separate trips, in late 2006 and early 2007.
Despite pressing evidence against Nicolas Sarkozy in the said case, little attention has been given to the case with the leading media outlets turning a total deaf ear to the matter.