Lebanon: Franco-Lebanese businessman Takieddine arrested after Interpol notice

Franco-Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine (archives).

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Franco-Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine, a former prosecution witness against former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, was arrested following a notice issued by Interpol, a source told AFP on Friday judicial.

The national security forces have placed Takieddine in detention, on the basis of an Interpol arrest warrant addressed to the public prosecutor because he is wanted by the French authorities for his involvement in a case of corruption and funding of the campaign

”by Nicolas Sarkozy, said this source.

 In 2016, Ziad Takieddine told the French news site


that, in 2006 and 2007, he had personally handed over five million euros in cash from Libya to finance Nicolas Sarkozy's presidential campaign.

On November 11, in a spectacular about-face, he withdrew his accusations against Nicolas Sarkozy in an interview with the weekly

Paris Match

and the




 Ziad Takieddine, 70, fled to Beirut after being sentenced in June in France in the Karachi case on kickbacks related to arms contracts with Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

He spent two weeks in prison in Lebanon - from October 26 to November 10 - in a dispute with his former lawyer, Hani Mourad, before being released under judicial supervision.

This complaint, of which AFP has obtained a copy, refers to "threats, blackmail, defamation, fraud, breach of trust" and non-payment of fees.

(With Afp)


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