Lebanese Businessman Ziad Takieddine Arrested in Beirut Over Sarkozy Case – Al Marsad

The Lebanese authorities announced the arrest in Beirut of French-Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine who is wanted by Interpol in connection with the Sarkozy case.

(Libya, 6 December 2020) – A Lebanese judicial source said that Ziad Takieddine was arrested by the Information Division of the Internal Security Forces on Friday, indicating that the detainee was wanted by French authorities and Interpol.

Ziad Takieddine is one of the main witnesses in the case that claims former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his associates had received tens of millions of euros from Gaddafi’s regime to help finance his first election bid. Libyan financing of the election campaign of former president Nicolas Sarkozy, was arrested by the Information Division of the Internal Security Forces on Friday, indicating that the detainee was wanted by the French authorities.

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy

The source added that the division arrested Taqi al-Din on the basis of a telegram received by the Public Prosecutor  from Interpol containing an arrest warrant for Takieddine who was wanted by the French authorities on charges of involvement in corruption and financing the Sarkozy campaign.

The Lebanese authorities are currently interrogating the detainee under the supervision of the State General Prosecutor. If the charges against Takieddine are proven, Lebanon can prosecute him on its territory as a Lebanese citizen or extradite him to France.

French-Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine

The 70-year-old Takieddine played a key role in the past in relations between France and the former Libyan regime of Muammar Gaddafi. Earlier in the case, Takieddine had claimed he had delivered suitcases carrying a total of €5 million from Tripoli to Sarkozy’s chief of staff in 2006 and 2007. But on Wednesday last week that former French president Nicolas Sarkozy took millions in cash from Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi to finance his 2007 presidential campaign.

But last week on Wednesday Takieddine in an interview with the French weekly magazine Paris Match and the BFMTV network he retracted his allegations. He said, “I am saying loud and clear: the magistrate … really wanted to turn it the way he wanted and make me say things that are totally contradictory to what I said,” Takieddine said.

© Al-Marsad English (2020)