Did Sarkozy Kill the Man Who Illegally Financed His 2007 Election?
March 15, 2012 • 9:17AM

Reports have indicated that Nicolas Sarkozy was fully complicit in the decision by Barack Obama and his British controllers to kill Muammar Qaddafi. Now the French investigataive website Mediapart reports that its journalist Fabrice Arfi has seen a confidential note suggesting that Qaddafi contributed up to EU50 million to Sarkozy's election fund five years ago.

Similar allegations emerged a year ago, when Qaddafi's son Saif al-Islam claimed that Libya had helped to finance the 2007 campaign and demanded that the French President, who led the war on the Libyan leader, return the money. In an interview with TV channel Euronews, Saif al-Islam, who is currently being held in Libya in the wake of his father's defeat and death at the hands of Sarkozy, threatened to make details of the bank transfers public after the French leader threw his weight behind opposition forces.

Mediapart's Fabrice Arfi reports that the documents are contained in the legal dossier of the affair, currently under investigation by a judge. "We knew these documents existed, but it is the first time we have had the details of what was in them," he said. "And there are lots of details, including dates, places, and amounts."

Mediapart claims that EU50 million referred to in the note was laundered through bank accounts in Panama and Switzerland.

The Swiss account was opened in the name of the sister of Jean-Francois Cope, the leader of Sarkozy's ruling UMP party, and the President's right-hand man.

The money was then allegedly distributed through an arms dealer called Ziad Takieddine, who acted as a middleman between Arab despots and French politicians.

The incriminating evidence came in a thorough investigation of Takieddine's activities. His doctor, Didier Grosskopf, told judges in Paris that he went on many of the trips to Libya and witnessed negotiations about political funding.

The discussions involved Brice Hortefeux, one of Sarkozy's closest allies, who has confirmed to Mediapart that the meetings took place, but would not comment further, beyond denying any wrongdoing.

One document, a government briefing note, allegedly points to visits to Libya by Sarkozy and his close colleagues and advisers, which it says were aimed at securing campaign funding. Shortly after Sarkozy's election, Colonel Qaddafi was invited to Paris and allowed to pitch his bedouin tent on the grounds of an official French residence close to the Elysée Palace. He was described as the "Brother Leader" by the French.

When previously asked about Saif al-Islam's claims, a spokesman for the Elysée Palace told Le Monde: "We deny it, quite evidently."