The Address | Benghazi – Libya
PARIS – Two French judges traveled from Paris to Tripoli this week to interview Gaddafi-era intelligence chief, Abdullah Senussi, as part of investigation against former French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, over his campaign finance corruption.
Senussi told the judges that Sarkozy accepted nearly $8 million from late Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, to finance his 2007 presidential election campaign, according to French investigative news site Mediapart.
Mediapart said it had gained access to extracts from the statements provided by Senussi, who reportedly detailed to French officials how he oversaw the multi-million dollar payment for Sarkozy’s campaign, as ordered by Gaddafi.
Senussi also confirmed that as part of the deal, the former French president’s personal lawyer and friend Thierry Herzog attempted to overturn an international arrest warrant issued against Senussi, after his conviction in absentia by a Paris court for his part in the blowing up of a French airliner in 1989.
“Sarkozy’s lawyer visited me with some families of the victims of the bombing. After that, Sarkozy himself assured me that my case will be settled in France in ten months,” he reportedly told the judges.
Senussi added that the former French premier had later ordered air strikes on his house to destroy evidence that could implicate him in the future.
Senussi’s latest statement is also believed to detail the time frame in which the money was transferred to the French interior minister over two installments in 2006. According to Mediapart, Senussi’s testimony is in line with some of the evidence already collected by the investigators, while other details still need fact-checking.