an intermediary and a lawyer indicted in the extortion section

Me Gérald Pandelon and Noël Dubus have been indicted for fraud in an organized gang, forgery and use of forgery, confirmed the national financial prosecutor’s office.

The intermediary Noël Dubus and the lawyer Gérald Pandelon were indicted on Wednesday, in particular for suspicions of fraud in a part of the investigation into the possible Libyan financing of the 2007 presidential campaign of Nicolas Sarkozy, learned the AFP on Friday from sources familiar with the matter.

Asked by AFP, the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) confirmed that Me Pandelon and Noël Dubus had been indicted for fraud in an organized gang, forgery and use of forgery. Me Pandelon, who would have worked for a time as counsel for Noël Dubus, was recently the subject of a search.

Noël Dubus, already convicted of fraud, is one of the main protagonists of the investigation opened in May 2021 on suspicion of payments to the intermediary Ziad Takieddine, with the possible endorsement of Nicolas Sarkozy, so that he withdraws his accusations against the former head of state of having received Libyan money to finance his victorious presidential campaign in 2007.

“Death threats” and “blackmail”

This file, investigated in Paris, brought to light a possible attempt at corruption by Lebanese magistrates aimed at freeing one of Gaddafi’s sons, Hannibal, detained in Lebanon. Certain protagonists of the file imagined that his release would make it possible to obtain in exchange of the elements exonerating Nicolas Sarkozy, who disputes any Libyan financing. In early August 2021, Noël Dubus, 54, filed a complaint for “death threats” and “blackmailagainst a financier, Pierre Reynaud, his alleged henchman Karim M., as well as the alleged companion of Karim M.

He said he obtained mid-May 2021 from Pierre Reynaud “financial aid of 100,000 euros” for “pay bail for Hannibal Gaddafiand get him released. But Noël Dubus indicated that his arrest in June 2021, at the same time as other people suspected of having tried to return Ziad Takieddine, including Pierre Reynaud or the “paparazzi queen“Mimi Marchand, prevented him from completing his mission, from being paid and therefore from reimbursing Pierre Reynaud.

The exchanges with Pierre Reynaud would then have turned sour and Karim M. and a woman would have come “violate» a press officer close to Noël Dubus, Anne T., before coming to threaten him at his home.

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