French ex-leader Sarkozy says he is accused without evidence

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French ex-leader Sarkozy says he is accused without evidence
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, right, leaves the police station where he was held, in Nanterre, outside Paris, Wednesday March 21, 2018. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was questioned by police for a second day Wednesday over allegations he took millions of euros in illegal campaign funding from the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

PARIS (AP) — Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has reportedly denied all allegations that he accepted millions of euros in illegal campaign funding from the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

“I am accused without any physical evidence” Sarkozy said in his statement to the investigating judges, according to Le Figaro newspaper, which published the text online Thursday.

He said he is “living the hell of this slander” since 2011 and denounced the accusations as lies.

Sarkozy’s entourage did not immediately confirm the text’s authenticity, but did not dispute it either.

Sarkozy, 63, on Wednesday was handed preliminary charges of illegally funding his successful 2007 campaign, passive corruption and receiving money from Libyan embezzlement after being questioned for two days by anticorruption police.

Investigators are examining allegations that Gadhafi’s regime secretly gave Sarkozy 50 million euros ( million) for his 2007 presidential election bid.