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Why I blew the whistle over Sarkozy ‘bung’

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A MAN has defended his decision to turn whistleblower after allegedly delivering millions in cash to Nicolas Sarkozy from Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Ziad Takieddine, 67, spoke out after the former president of France was taken into custody in the Paris suburb of Nanterre on Tuesday.

‘Gaddafi is not guilty, it’s Sarkozy who is guilty,’ said Mr Takieddine.

Mr Takieddine (pictured above) told l’Orient-LeJour — Lebanon’s leading French language newspaper — that his decision to go to police was not ‘revenge’ but ‘an act that was expected’.

The French-Lebanese arms broker claims to have been the ‘official mediator’ between Mr Sarkozy and the Libyan regime from 2004, and took pride in working ‘in the shadows’.

In November 2016 he claimed that he had handed Mr Sarkozy up to £4.5million in cash stuffed into suitcases.

The payments are alleged to be part of £42million worth of kickbacks from Gaddafi (pictured below) that helped propel Mr Sarkozy, 63, to power in 2007. Mr Takieddine said: ‘I went to Libya for the first time at the request of Nicolas Sarkozy in late 2004, early 2005 to open a new page with France.’

Mr Sarkozy could be jailed if claims of forgery, abuse of public funds and money laundering are proved.

Mr Takieddine — like Mr Sarkozy — denies any wrongdoing.

Mr Sarkozy, 63, was questioned for 16 hours on Tuesday and the interview resumed yesterday. He faces prison if claims of forgery, abuse of public funds and money laundering are proved.