Alexandre Djouhri before his extradition to France, in January. - Alastair Grant / AP / SIPA
The Paris Court of Appeal will examine this Wednesday the appeal of businessman Alexandre Djouhri against his placement in pre-trial detention in the case of the alleged Libyan financing of the 2007 campaign of Nicolas Sarkozy. The investigating chamber may render its decision the same day, confirming the detention or ordering placement under judicial supervision. She can also ask for a medical expertise before pronouncing, Alexandre Djouhri suffering from serious heart problems.
The 60-year-old Franco-Algerian businessman was imprisoned on January 31 after his examination by the investigating judges of the financial pole of the Paris court. Appeared in the midst of suspicious payments between Libya by Muammar Gaddafi and relatives of Nicolas Sarkozy, he was indicted for nine counts, including "active corruption", "complicity and concealment of embezzlement of public funds" as well as "money laundering in organized gang ”of these offenses.
Brief hunger strike
Incarcerated at the Fresnes prison hospital (Val-de-Marne), he declared himself on a hunger strike before putting an end to it after two days "after having met with his lawyers", according to a source close to the file. Claimed for two years by French justice, he was arrested on January 30 when he arrived at Paris Roissy airport from London, where he was arrested in January 2018 under European arrest warrants.
Alexandre Djouhri, who lived in Geneva before his arrest, had been hospitalized in the British capital because of a series of heart accidents shortly after his arrest. Released, he had been placed under house arrest after paying 1.13 million euros in bail.
Alexandre Djouhri ends his hunger strike
Alexandre Djouhri indicted and remanded in custody
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