A French-Algerian businessman who was suspected by the French authorities had been arrested and found guilty on Wednesday for a financial support from President Nicolas Sarkozy for his 2007 presidential election campaign from Moammer Gaddafi, former Libyan leader, was arrested in London.
Sarkozy, who was France’s president from 2007 to 2012, has always denied that his campaign would have been funded by Libya.
However, the French investigating authorities issued an international arrest warrant against one suspected financial intermediary, Alexandre Djouhri, who was detained on Heathrow on that basis, and on Wednesday is in front of the Magistrates Court in Westminster, London.
The judiciary made it possible for Alexandre Djouhri, who lives in Geneva, to remain at liberty for the surrender process, but had to provide a passport to the businessman and make a daily appointment to the designated police station in London.
An arrest warrant was issued against Djouhri, despite repeated warnings, not before the French investigating magistrate in Sarkozy.
According to the British press, Sarkozy is accused by one of the sons of the late Libyan leader, Saif al-Islam, Gaddafi, who has been a successor in the process of being promoted to Libya.
France, in 2011, under Sarkozy’s presidency, was part of the international military war that ended Libya’s Gaddafi regime. Moamer Gaddafi was killed shortly after losing his power.
At a court hearing in London on Wednesday, Alexandre Djouhri’s lawyer called the “blatant accusation” of the Gaddafi family that Libya had already provided funding for Nicolas Sarkozy’s presidential election campaign. According to the lawyer, no evidence of this has been made in the previous investigations.