Karachi case: new appointment of Ziad Takieddine among judges

Ziad Takieddine, April 24, 2012 in Paris.

The financial part of the record of the Karachi attack, instructed by the judge Renaud Van Ruymbeke amid suspicions of illegal financing of the presidential campaign of Edouard Balladur in 1995 progresses.

Ten years after the attack in Karachi, May 8, 2002, Ziad Takieddine must again be heard Wednesday, May 9 in the financial aspect of the case, about large cash withdrawals in foreign accounts between 1994 and 1996. Indicted for concealment of social abuse and aggravated perjury in September 2011, the man Franco-Lebanese businessman was indicted a third time on April 24 for aggravated money laundering.For its part, the Advisory Committee on secret national defense (CCSDN) gave the green light to the declassification of sixty-five documents relating to the affair of state.

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Especially, says Paris, Wednesday, May 9, magistrates investigating the case have a document proving the cash withdrawal of 10 million francs (1.5 million euros) April 7, 1995 by Mustafa Al-Jundi , which holds shares of a Luxembourg company Ziad Takieddine.

In March, a banker in Geneva revealed that Saudi Sheikh was available Mustafa Al-Jundi a sum of 10 million francs "current in April 1995" on a transit account. The document uncovered by Swiss investigators confirmed the tracks followed by the judges. "The money was made available for a period ranging from 7 to 25 April, the eve of Paris deposit suspect, according to a fax sent on 5 by the Saudi Sheikh to his banker," wrote Le Parisien.


For everyday, the question about the origin of these funds. A transfer of CHF 5 million was made by Abdul Rahman Al-Asir, a Lebanese businessman close Takieddine, April 5, on behalf of the sheikh. "This transfer could be confirmed that the real sponsor of withdrawal, as suggested Takieddine judges repeatedly," added Le Parisien.

Last question is who is the recipient of these funds. Travel by Takieddine and Thierry Gaubert (Deputy Chief of Staff of Nicolas Sarkozy, then budget minister) to Switzerland in 1994 and 1995 they had intended to withdraw large sums of money given to Nicolas Bazire The Balladur's campaign manager, as suggested by the former treasurer of the campaign.

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