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'Karachigate' police report mentions French president

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2010-11-23

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is mentioned in a Luxembourg police report regarding the transfer of millions of euros in bribes during the sale of French submarines to Pakistan in 1994, at which time Sarkozy headed the finance ministry.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is mentioned in a Luxembourg police report concerning the payment of tens of millions of euros in bribes in the sale of French submarines to Pakistan in 1994.

The report, dated January 19, 2010, is in the possession of two French officials investigating DCN, the company that built the submarines, according to legal sources who on Wednesday confirmed information published on the Mediapart website.

The payment having been interrupted after 1995, a link is suspected between corruption during the course of the sale and a 2002 attack in Karachi, Pakistan, in which 14 people were killed, including 11 French engineers and technicians working for DCN on the submarine project.

Having analysed documents seized as part of their investigation, Luxembourg police have suggested that Nicolas Sarkozy, serving as French finance minister in 1994, may have been involved in the creation of a company in Luxembourg called Heine, which received tens of millions of euros on the sidelines of the sale.

Date created : 2010-06-03

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