Alexandre Djouhri arrested - Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP / SIPA
The businessman Alexandre Djouhri, imprisoned Friday in the case of the alleged Libyan financing of the 2007 campaign of Nicolas Sarkozy, ended on Monday his hunger strike in prison started on Saturday, according to several sources familiar with the matter.
"He ended his hunger strike this afternoon after speaking with his lawyers and now accepts his medical care" at the prison prison of Fresnes, south of Paris, said one of these sources.
Two day strike
Alexandre Djouhri, who suffers from heart problems, declared himself on hunger strike on Saturday. The 60-year-old businessman had been imprisoned the previous evening after his indictment by the judges in charge of the investigation into suspicions of Libyan funding for Nicolas Sarkozy's presidential campaign in 2007.
Appearing at the heart of suspicious payments between Libya and relatives of Nicolas Sarkozy, the businessman was indicted on nine counts, including "active corruption", "complicity and concealment of embezzlement of public funds" as well as " organized gang laundering ”of these offenses.
The Franco-Algerian businessman appealed from his detention on remand, a hearing is to be held in the coming days. Claimed for two years by French justice, he was handed over to the authorities on Thursday evening when he arrived at Roissy airport from London, where he was arrested in January 2018 under European arrest warrants.
Alexandre Djouhri had been hospitalized in the British capital after a series of heart attacks shortly after his arrest. He was placed under house arrest after paying 1.13 million euros in bail.
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