Ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s mobile phones are seized and examined by judges probing £35m cocaine smuggling ring
A judge ordered two mobile phones belonging to Nicolas Sarkozy to be examined in relation to a £35million cocaine smuggling scandal, it has been revealed today.
The former French president’s name appears in court papers about an attempt to fly 680kg of the drug out of the Dominican Republic.
Two French pilots involved in the case dubbed ‘Air Cocaine’ made a ‘James Bond-style’ escape from the country last week, leading to accusations that politicians in their own country were involved in setting them free
Now Instructing Judge Christine Saunier-Ruellan, who is based in Marseille, has confirmed she called for technical data about 60-year-old Mr Sarkozy’s phones to be investigated.
It included ‘details of telephone lines used by Nicolas Sarkozy and his entourage in the period March 2013 and March 2014′.
The judge also wanted ‘detailed bills’ and ‘geolocalisation for the months of March and April 2013’, according to papers obtained by the Journal du Dimanche.
Geolocalisation involves examining phone data to work out exactly where a user is at a particular time.
While the data did not establish any link between Mr Sarkozy and drugs smuggling, he is known to have used the Dassault Falcon 50 jet found with the cocaine on board at Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, on March 19 2013.