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Judges tapped ex-president Sarkozy's phones to probe links with Gaddafi

Published on Mar 7, 2014 9:56 PM

PARIS (AFP) - Mr Nicolas Sarkozy is suspected of attempting to pervert the court of justice on the basis of phone taps ordered by judges investigating his links with ex-Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi, it emerged on Friday.

The revelation was the latest dramatic development in the labyrinthine web of corruption cases threatening to ensnare the former French president and destroy his chances of a political comeback.

Judges started tapping Mr Sarkozy's phones last year after opening a formal investigation into allegations that the late former Libyan dictator Gaddafi helped finance his 2007 election campaign, according to respected daily Le Monde.

Judicial sources confirmed to AFP that a recorded call between Mr Sarkozy and his lawyer Thierry Herzog was the basis for a new investigation opened last week into a suspected attempt to obtain, via a friendly judge, inside information about ongoing - and top secret - proceedings before one of France's highest courts.

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