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Searches are conducted in Sarkozy’s apartment and office

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The French Prosecutor’s Office has begun investigating the activities of Nicolas Sarkozy, who lost his diplomatic immunity after leaving the Elysee Palace. Investigators conducted searches in the apartment and office of the former president of France on July 3.

Searches were conducted in the absence of the suspect. As Sarkozy’s lawyer reports, the ex-president «is currently with his family in Canada». No incriminating evidence of documents was removed, ITAR-TASS writes. «The search turned out to be a waste of time,»- the lawyer claims. According to him, «all necessary documents were already handed to the investigation».

Searches were being conducted in three places at once – in a residential building located in a prestigious XVI district of Paris; in a working office not far from the Elysee Palace (this office was given to Sarkozy as the former head of the state); and, finally, in the law firm located on the Boulevard Malesherbes.

The French legislation suspects Sarkozy of illegally funding his own election campaign in 2007, by using the money of, at the time, the head of the L’Oreal cosmetics empire Liliane Bettencourt. Evidence suggests that the personal accountant of the wealthiest woman in France told the police that she handed over 150 000 EUR to the trustee of the former president, Eric Woerth, who then became the Budget Minister.

Investigators are also looking into other «traces». Bettencourt’s withdrawal of 400 000 EUR in February attracted the attention of investigators. Then there was a second withdrawal of the same amount in April, 2007. According to witnesses, Sarkozy was an often guest of the home of the Bettencourts.

After the conclusion of the five-year mandate Nicolas Sarkozy was relieved of his diplomatic immunity on May 15. Now he will need to answer the questions of the investigators on several cases. The investigation into money machinations in relation to the sale of French submarines to Pakistan in 1990s is currently gaining momentum. The French government suspects the ex-president in receiving bribes worth millions for those submarines. Sarkozy denies all accusations.

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