BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – Former interpreter and trusted aide of Muammar Gaddafi, Moftah Missouri, revealed that the Libyan leader donated €20 million ($24.5m) to former French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s election campaign, speaking from Tunis on Thursday.
“After Sarkozy announced his presidential ambitions, I heard that representatives of Sarkozy’s election headquarters met with Libyan officials,” said Missouri. According to him, the two sides created a document at that meeting requesting “to allocate 50 million euros as Libyan support for the presidential election campaign of Sarkozy.”
After the document was passed to Gaddafi, he ordered to reduce the amount to €20 million. Missouri went on to say that “Gaddafi repeatedly talked during televised interviews, admitting this fact [the fact of transferring money to representatives of Sarkozy’s election headquarters]. Gaddafi talked about this with me personally as well. He told me once: ‘I donated 20 million’.”
Nicolas Sarkozy was charged with corruption and illegal campaign financing in March 2018, regarding the financing of his 2007 presidential campaign. Sarkozy and his associates have denied the allegations.
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