Ex-Sarkozy aide charged in case linked to Libya funding probe

Former French interior minister Claude Gueant (C) arrives with a police escort to appear in front of a judge in Paris as part of a corruption probe on March 7, 2015A former French interior minister was on Saturday charged with tax evasion and forgery in connection with a probe into allegations that former Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi helped finance Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2007 presidential election campaign. Investigators discovered a 500,000-euro ($540,000) transfer in Claude Gueant’s bank account during a raid in February 2013. Gueant, who was Sarkozy’s right-hand man for a decade, claimed the money was the proceeds of the sale of two 17th-century Flemish paintings to a Malaysian lawyer.

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