Libya wants Sarkozy 'campaign money' back

2011-03-16 16:05

Paris - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son on Wednesday told "this clown" French President Nicolas Sarkozy to "give us back our money" allegedly used to finance his 2007 election victory.

Seif al-Islam told Euronews that "we have all the details and are ready to reveal everything" as forces loyal to Gaddafi closed in on rebels in the east of the country who France recognised as Libya's legitimate representatives.

"Sarkozy must first give back the money he took from Libya to finance his electoral campaign," Gaddafi's son said when asked about France, which has along with Britain been leading calls for military intervention in Libya.

"We funded it and we have all the details and are ready to reveal everything. The first thing we want this clown to do is to give the money back to the Libyan people.

"He was given assistance so that he could help them. But he's disappointed us: Give us back our money. We have all the bank details and documents for the transfer operations and we will make everything public soon."

Sarkozy 'mad' - Gaddafi

The French presidency denied the allegation.

Libya's state-run news agency Jana reported recently that it would soon publish a "grave secret" that would lead to Sarkozy's downfall.

Gaddafi himself said on Tuesday that his "good friend" Sarkozy had "gone mad".

"He is my friend but I think he has gone mad. He is suffering from a psychological illness," Gaddafi told German television.

"That is what people say who are close to him. His aides say that he is suffering from a psychological illness."

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