Campaign funding probe making my life hell – Sarkozy

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said allegations that he received campaign funding from late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi are making his life “hell“.

Sarkozy told magistrates that “I am accused without any physical evidence.”

He is being investigated for illicit election campaign financing in 2007, misappropriation of Libyan public funds and passive corruption.

Sarkozy, who was released on Wednesday following two days of questioning, says his Libyan accusers are seeking vengeance for his decision to deploy French warplanes during the uprising which overthrew Gaddafi in 2011.

In 2013, France opened an investigation into allegations that Sarkozy’s campaign had benefited from millions of euros of illicit funds from Gaddafi.

French Daily Le Monde reported that Bashir Saleh, who ran Libya’s sovereign wealth fund at the time, had confirmed that Gaddafi had financed Sarkozy.

Possible charges in this case would be influence peddling, fraud, handling of stolen goods and money laundering.

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