In a statement 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 of 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 at the beginning of 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 the judges, since it requires of them only the demonstration of “preparatory acts” to the “pact of corruption” 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.
Mr. Hortefeux has been accused by Muammar Gaddafi’s brother-in-law, Abdallah Senoussi, as well as by businessman Ziad Takieddine, with whom he has long been a close friend, of having visited Libya on at least two occasions. . According to these two men, he would have organized the terms of the support granted by the Libyan regime to Nicolas Sarkozy for his election to the presidency, in particular by providing a RIB, which he disputes.
The former minister claims to have visited Libya only once in December 2005, as part of his duties, and admits to having met Mr. Senoussi, but according to him at the initiative of Mr. Takieddine and without him being question of any funding.
“In view of the total lack of credibility of both Takieddine and Senoussi, the accusations against Brice Hortefeux appear to me to be without any foundation,” Me Dupeux told ..
“In addition, Brice Hortefeux has provided irrefutable material evidence which shows that he was not in Libya on the day Takieddine and Senoussi consider that he would have provided bank details,” he added.