A cousin and former aide to Muammar Gaddafi confirmed to a French news channel that former French President Nicholas Sarkozy did in fact receive funding from Libya.
"Libya had provided financial support to former French President Nicolas Sarkozy," said Ahmed Gaddaf al-Dam, speaking with France 24. "I learned from Gaddafi and other Libyan officials that he supported the French president with money," he said.
Al- Dam told France 24 that he was not aware of the sums Libya had given Sarkozy, saying: "I have not heard anything recently, all I know is that we supported him."
On the other hand, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has denied charges accusing him of accepting funds from Libya and Gaddafi to fund his campaign in 2007.
"I am being charged without any concrete evidence,” said Sarkozy.
A source close to the case told CNN that the 63-year-old former president had been subjected to a previous investigation for illegal fundraising for his election campaign, bribes and illegal money laundering, and concealing misappropriations from Libyan public funds.
Sarkozy has also been under judicial supervision, a move by inspectors in France to limit his movement, according to the source, who stressed that it is still unclear what specific restrictions were imposed on Sarkozy.
He is also prevented from traveling to several countries including Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, South Africa and Britain, according to France 24.