she is being prosecuted for “witness tampering”, “criminal association with a view to committing an organized swindle” and has been placed under judicial supervision.
Presented to justice this Saturday morning, the boss of the paparazzi agency BestImage was indicted in the wake, in particular for “witness tampering”, in the case of the alleged Libyan financing of the presidential campaign of Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007, his lawyer announced on Saturday.
Michèle Marchand, nicknamed “Mimi”, was also indicted for “criminal association with a view to committing an organized gang scam” and placed under judicial control. “She firmly disputes the alleged facts”, underlined Me Caroline Toby.
Four people referred in total
The judicial information was opened after an interview granted last November by Ziad Takieddine to a journalist from Paris Match, who had visited Lebanon with a photographer from BestImage.
Four other people also placed in police custody were also referred, according to one of the sources familiar with the matter. Three of these people are the advertiser Arnaud de la Villesbrunne, former director of the Publicis agency, the businessman Pierre Reynaud and Noël Dubus, a man convicted of fraud.
Paris Match journalist François de Labarre was also taken into police custody on Thursday but was released in the evening, without prosecution at this stage.
In this interview given in November 2020, Ziad Takieddine withdrew his statements against Nicolas Sarkozy, after initially accusing him of having received money for his presidential campaign from Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.