Libya says Sarkozy campaign funding letter 'fake'
A letter in which Moamer Gadhafi's regime agrees to fund French President Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 election campaign appears to be fake.
TRIPOLI - A letter in which Moamer Gadhafi's regime agreed to fund French President Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 election campaign appears to be fake, Libya's National Transitional Council said on Wednesday.
"We think that the letter is fake," NTC chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil told a news conference in Tripoli. Last month, the website Mediapart posted what it said was a 2006 document in Arabic signed by Kadhafi's foreign intelligence chief Mussa Kussa referring to an "agreement in principle to support the campaign for the candidate for the presidential elections, Nicolas Sarkozy, for a sum equivalent to 50 million euros."
At the news conference, Abdel Jalil also called on France to help Libya extradite Bashir Saleh, a former Libyan official who was implicated in the alleged campaign scandal.
The letter, which Sarkozy has dismissed as a "crude forgery", was addressed to Saleh, Kadhafi's former chief of staff and head of Libya's $40 billion sovereign wealth fund, who currently resides in France.