Franco-Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine was arrested in Lebanon following a notice issued by Interpol, a judicial source said on Friday.
Ziad Takieddine is notably at the heart of the case of the alleged Libyan financing of Nicolas Sarkozy's campaign in 2007.
“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.
A sudden turnaround in November
While Nicolas Sarkozy was questioned for 40 hours at the beginning of October by the investigating magistrates on suspicion of financing his campaign by the Gaddafi regime, Ziad Takieddine had backed down on November 11, after having repeatedly accused the former head of state.
Libyan funding: what Nicolas Sarkozy told the judges
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