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Libyan funding: ex-minister Brice Hortefeux indicted

In a press release sent to ., the MEP, who until then had the status of assisted witness in this case, expressed “his total surprise and stressed that” an indictment does not bode well for guilt. “.

Lformer minister Brice Hortefeux was indicted Tuesday for “illegal financing of the electoral campaign” and “criminal association” by the judges responsible for the investigation into possible Libyan financing of the presidential campaign of Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007, indicated to . his lawyer, Me Jean-Yves Dupeux.

In a press release sent to ., the MEP, who until then had the status of assisted witness in this case, expressed “his total surprise and stressed that” an indictment does not bode well for guilt. “.

“Today, everything shows that there was no Libyan funding for the 2007 presidential campaign,” he said.

This decision of the investigating judges was expected since the indictment for “criminal association” in January of a former collaborator of the former president, Thierry Gaubert, in October of Nicolas Sarkozy himself, and in early December of his former right-hand man Claude Guéant.

This qualification, heavy with meaning in its title, is easier to pursue until a possible trial for judges, since it requires of them only the demonstration of “preparatory acts” for the “corruption pact” which ‘they have been trying to demonstrate since 2013.

Mr. Sarkozy, already prosecuted in particular for “corruption”, was thus indicted on this count for “having left” in conscience his lieutenants Claude Guéant and Brice Hortefeux to get involved in the corruptive pact suspected with the regime of Muammar Gaddafi in from 2005.

Mr. Hortefeux, however, was not indicted for “complicity in corruption”, according to his lawyer.

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