IMF chief’s Paris home searched over ‘illegal’ payout under Sarkozy — RT News
Published time: March 20, 2013 12:16
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French authorities are searching the home of IMF Chief Christine Largarde over a probe into a million-dollar payout to a supporter of ex-President Sarkozy. Lagarde has been under investigation since 2011, but denies any wrongdoing.
Lagarde’s lawyer told to Reuters that the search would exonerate her client of all criminal responsibility in connection with the Tapie affair.
“This search will help uncover the truth, which will contribute to exonerating my client from any criminal wrongdoing,” Lagarde’s lawyer, Yves Repiquet, told Reuters.
Police are investigating allegations that Lagarde acted illegally as finance minister in 2008 when she approved a payout of 285 million euro ($367 million) to business mogul Bernard Tapie.
The Court of Justice of the Republic ordered a probe into the case under the suspicion that Lagarde had committed an abuse of power by releasing the funds to Tapie. The then socialist opposition alleged that Nicolas Sarkozy’s government was rewarding the businessman Tapie for his support during the 2007 elections.
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