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Sarkozy charged with receiving illicit Libyan campaign financing

Paris / Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday evening was charged with receiving illicit financing from Libya’s then-government for his successful 2007 election campaign.

After the former head of state was questioned in police custody over two days, a three-judge panel charged Sarkozy with bribe-taking, illegal campaign financing and receiving Libyan public funds, local media reported.

The 63-year-old Sarkozy, France’s center-right president from 2007 to 2012, is already facing illicit campaign financing charges stemming from his unsuccessful bid for re-election in 2012.

The former president, who has been released from custody, was questioned on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Judicial Police’s headquarters in Nanterre, a suburb of Paris, over allegations he accepted illicit campaign donations from late Libyan strongman Muammar Gadaffi, who was deposed and killed in a Western-led intervention in 2011.

It remains unknown what Sarkozy told investigators.

But Jean-Yves Dupeux, attorney for Brice Hortefeux – a former interior minister under Sarkozy who spent 15 hours Tuesday being grilled by the same anti-corruption investigators – told the BFMTV channel that the police fired at least 200 questions at his client, who categorically denied that Sarkozy had benefited from Libyan campaign financing.

Sarkozy himself has vehemently denied the allegations, including ones leveled by Ziad Takieddine, a French-Lebanese businessman and arms broker.

In November 2016, Takieddine told French news Web site Mediapart that he personally transported 5 million euros ($6 million) in cash from Tripoli to Paris and hand-delivered those funds to Sarkozy, the interior minister at the time, and to Claude Gueant.

Gueant, who was the director of Sarkozy’s 2007 campaign, also is facing charges in the Libyan funding case.

Other evidence against Sarkozy includes a document published in April 2012 by Mediapart and allegedly drafted in December 2006 by Moussa Koussa, the then-head of Libya’s intelligence service.

That document, which the former French president says is a forgery, pledged to provide 50 million euros for Sarkozy’s 2007 campaign.

France launched an investigation into the allegations the following year. (March 21, 2018, EFE/Practica Español)

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Question 1
En el texto se dice que…
A
un juez deja sin cargos a un expresidente francés por falta de pruebas.
B
un expresidente de Francia ha sido imputado por un presunto delito de financiación ilegal.
C
un expresidente francés ha sido condenado por haber financiado ilegalmente una campaña electoral.
Question 2
Según el texto, Sarkozy fue interrogado…
A
solo durante un par de horas.
B
durante más de dos días.
C
durante un día y medio.
Question 3
Se acusa a Sarkozy de...
A
haber rechazado dinero del régimen de Gadafi para financiar una campaña electoral.
B
haber pedido dinero prestado al régimen de Gadafi para poder pagar una campaña electoral.
C
haber recibido dinero del régimen de Gadafi para financiar una campaña electoral.
Question 4
Hasta ahora, Sarkozy nunca había sido imputado por un delito de corrupción.
A
Para nada.
B
Así es.
C
¡Quien sabe!
Question 5
Según el texto, una de las personas que también están imputadas…
A
asegura haber entregado a Sarkozy millones de euros en efectivo.
B
niega que haya entregado dinero en efectivo a Sarkozy.
C
no recuerda si entregó grandes cantidades de dinero en efectivo a Sarkozy.
Question 6
Según el texto, Ziad Takieddine es…
A
un vendedor de armas que está imputado por haber cometido varios delitos.
B
uno de los principales testigos que el juez dejó sin cargos por falta de pruebas.
C
un vendedor de armas que aún no ha sido inculpado por el juez.
Question 7
El abogado que defiende a Sarkozy…
A
no cree que su cliente sea inocente.
B
reconoce que su cliente recibió dinero de Gadafi.
C
negó rotundamente que su cliente haya recibido dinero de Gadafi.
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