Cecilia 'not obliged' to testify at Libya enquiry

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8 October 2007, PARIS (AFP) - French first lady Cecilia Sarkozy is not obliged to testify before a parliamentary commission of enquiry into the release in Libya of six foreign medics, but she and the president will "carry the responsibility" of a no-show, the head of the commission said Sunday.

8 October 2007

PARIS (AFP) - French first lady Cecilia Sarkozy is not obliged to testify before a parliamentary commission of enquiry into the release in Libya of six foreign medics, but she and the president will "carry the responsibility" of a no-show, the head of the commission said Sunday.

"Madame Sarkozy has things to say. She said them to the L'Est Republicain (newspaper) ... If she doesn't want to come and say them, she won't come and say them. But she, and the president of the republic with her, will bear the responsibility," Socialist deputy Pierre Moscovici said on French radio.

Cecilia Sarkozy told the regional newspaper in August that she had had "face-to-face talks, in English" with Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi and held marathon negotiations for 50 hours with officials in Tripoli to win the release on July 24 of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor, who were serving life prison sentences in a high-profile Libyan AIDS case.

She also brushed aside suggestions that Paris offered an arms deal and a nuclear cooperation agreement with Tripoli in exchange for their release -- allegations that the parliamentary commission due to be headed by Moscovici will look into.

President Nicolas Sarkozy has resisted opposition pressure for his wife to testify before the commission, citing "separation of powers", but his office has said that Claude Gueant, who accompanied Cecilia, would be able to appe

AFP

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