Sarkozy fails to quash elec­tion fraud in­quiry

The Timaru Herald - - World -

Ni­co­las Sarkozy could be forced to stand trial af­ter fail­ing in his at­tempt to quash an in­quiry into claims he used Libyan cash for his 2007 elec­tion cam­paign. The for­mer French pres­i­dent saw a Paris ap­peals court yes­ter­day up­hold the va­lid­ity of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into re­ports he ac­cepted €45 mil­lion (NZ$80m) from the regime of Muam­mar Gaddafi. The 65-year-old has de­nied the al­le­ga­tions but his lawyer would not say if he would ap­peal against the de­ci­sion. The failed le­gal bid means the in­quiry by two anti-cor­rup­tion judges can con­tinue, al­though it re­mains to be seen whether they will call for a trial. Sarkozy, is also ac­cused of us­ing his in­flu­ence to at­tempt to bribe a se­nior judge for in­for­ma­tion.

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