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Sarkozy Loses Challenge to Cash-from-Gaddafi Case

Sarkozy Loses Challenge to Cash-from-Gaddafi Case

Friday, 25 September, 2020 - 07:00
FILE PHOTO: Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy lost his bid Thursday to throw out an inquiry into claims he used Libyan cash for his 2007 presidential campaign.

A Paris appeals court upheld the validity of the investigation, launched in 2012.

The failed legal challenge means the inquiry by two anti-corruption judges can continue, though it remains uncertain if they will eventually seek a trial.

The investigation began after the Mediapart published a document in 2012, allegedly signed by Libya's intelligence chief, purporting to show that former Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi agreed to give Sarkozy huge sums of money for his presidential campaign.

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