Prosecutors deny Chirac summons in Clearstream case

13th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 13, 2007 (AFP) - The Paris prosecutors' office on Wednesday denied a newspaper report that former president Jacques Chirac has been summoned for questioning next week in connection with the so-called Clearstream political dirty tricks scandal.

PARIS, June 13, 2007 (AFP) - The Paris prosecutors' office on Wednesday denied a newspaper report that former president Jacques Chirac has been summoned for questioning next week in connection with the so-called Clearstream political dirty tricks scandal.

The satirical weekly Le Canard Enchaine said that magistrates would speak to Chirac on Monday, two days after the expiry of his presidential immunity which runs for a month after leaving office.

However officials at the prosecutors' office told AFP that they had not been informed of any summons for Monday, as would be normal practice.

The Clearstream scandal centred on faked bank documents bearing names of prominent figures -- including President Nicolas Sarkozy -- who were falsely alleged to have received illegal commissions from the sale of French warships to Taiwan.

Sarkozy claimed he was the victim of a dirty tricks campaign to block his presidential bid.

According to Le Canard Enchaine, the judges want to ask Chirac about notes made by senior intelligence official Philippe Rondot which could indicate that his investigation into the affair in 2004 was carried out under presidential orders.


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