Libya Claims Sarkozy Campaign Funding Letter Is Fake

World | May 2, 2012, Wednesday // 19:45|  views

Libya's governing National Transitional Council (NTC) has exposed as a fake a letter pledging funding from the Gaddafi regime for French President Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 election campaign.

"We think that the letter is fake," NTC chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil told journalists in Tripoli.

In end-April, news portal Mediapart published posted what it said was a 2006 document signed by Gaddafi's then-intelligence chief Mussa Kussa with an offer by the regime to spend EUR 50 M on Sarkozy's campaign.

Sarkozy, who is in a tough election battle for a second term in office as French President, said on Monday he would file a lawsuit against the website for the publication.

He dismissed the letter as a "crude forgery", adding that the dissemination of lies would be condemned by the justice system.

Citing reports of French magazine Les Inrocks, Bulgarian media announced Monday that the six Bulgarian medics formerly jailed in Libya over the notorious Libyan HIV Trial had been released in exchange for a nuclear power plant deal between Sarkozy and Gaddafi.

Les Inrocks claimed that the secret agreement had been sealed in 2007 and vowed to provide details on the matter on Wednesday.

The French magazine argued that Gaddafi had been well aware that Sarkozy had been desperate for a diplomatic victory of such proportion and had used the opportunity to demand weapons and a nuclear power plant from France.

Les Inrocks said that it had obtained secret documents showing that France had agreed to the deal.

In 1999-2007, the Gaddafi regime arrested, imprisoned and tortured five Bulgarian nurses and one Bulgarian doctor, and twice sentenced to them death for allegedly infecting 400 Libyan children with AIDS, the so-called Libyan HIV trial.

The Bulgarian medics were brought back to Bulgaria and then pardoned by Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov, after increased international pressure on Gaddafi, especially by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, among other factors.

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Tags: Nicolas Sakrozy, French President, Libya, National Transitional Council, NTC, mustafa abdel jalil, Nuclear Power Plant, Muammar Gaddafi, Bulgarian medics, AIDS, election campaign


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