Ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy released

ANI | Updated: Mar 22, 2018 04:13 IST

Paris [France], March 22 (ANI): Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been released from police custody, after two days of questioning over allegations that he received millions of euros in illegal election campaign funding from late Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi.

"Nicolas Sarkozy is no longer in custody," local media reported quoting a source close to the case.

The source, however, did not say whether the 63-year-old ex-president had been cleared of suspicion or still faced possible charges.

Sarkozy, who was France's right-wing president from 2007 to 2012, was questioned by prosecutors specialising in corruption, money laundering and tax evasion at their office in the Parisian suburb of Nanterre.

He is said to have accepted €50m from Muammar Gaddafi's regime, claims which have been repeated by the late Libyan dictator's son and French businessman Ziad Takieddine, according to Sky News.

Sarkozy and his campaign manager have repeatedly denied accepting money from Libya.

According to Le Monde, this is the first time Sarkozy has been questioned in relation to this investigation, which was opened in April 2013.

Sarkozy has already been ordered to stand trial in a separate case, concerning the financing of his 2012 re-election campaign, when he lost to Francois Hollande.

He attempted to stage a comeback for the 2017 election, but failed to convince the voters in his own party to support him and had to concede to Francois Fillon and Alain Juppe. (ANI)

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