It has remained one of the great secrets of the Libyan war of 2011. How exactly had one of the key figures in the toppled Gaddafi regime, Bashir Saleh, managed to defect and escape to France from the North African country in the midst of a bloody and chaotic revolution?
Mediapart can now reveal that Saleh, once Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s chief of staff and head of the the regime’s multi-billion dollar Libyan African Portfolio (LAP), was extracted from war-torn Libya in November 2011 with the aid of President Nicolas Sarkozy and the well-connected French businessman Alexandre Djouhri.
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