Corruption probe is launched into Nicholas Sarkozy amid claims he took 40m from Colonel Gaddafi to fund election campaign

Nicholas Sarkozy in corruption probe amid claims he took 40MILLION from Colonel Gaddafi to fund election campaignFrench law bans candidates from receiving cash payments above 6,300Claims donations were laundered through banks in Panama and SwitzerlandSarkozy called Gaddafi 'Brother Leader' at controversial visit to Paris in 2007Former president may have accepted 40million in under-the-table kickbacks By Matt Blake and Peter Allen PUBLISHED: 11:10 GMT, 19 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:29 GMT, 20 April 2013 Former French president Nicholas Sarkozy is to be formally investigated amid claims he accepted 40million in under-the-table kickbacks from Colonel Gaddafi during his 2007 election campaign, it was revealed today. An official at the public prosecutor’s office said an inquiry had been opened after allegations by French-Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine, himself under investigation over arms sales to Pakistan in the 1990s. Mr Sarkozy, 58, faces a range of charges including bribery and corruption, forgery, misuse of corporate assets and influence peddling, according to a judicial source.

Stuart Lawrence: Police have stopped me 25 times… just because I"m black says brother of Steven

Police have stopped me 25 times… just because I'm black: Stephen Lawrence's teacher brother launches damning race case against the Met Stephen's brother Stuart Lawrence, 35, left furious by harassment Final straw said to be when he was stopped in London in NovemberMother Doreen Lawrence OBE says 'racism has not gone away' /12/19/article-2250334-0ECB555F00000578-825_634x472.jpg” width=”634″ height=”472″ alt=”Tireless: Doreen Lawrence has written to politicians but says her letters have been ignored” class=”blkBorder” /> Tireless: Doreen Lawrence has written to politicians but says her letters have been ignored In 1999, the Met was accused of being 'institutionally racist' by the judicial inquiry into her son's murder six years earlier

MPs may be sued over their second home profits if they refuse to hand over part of the profits they have made

MPs may be sued over their second home profits if they refuse to hand over part of the profits they have madeStandards authority will sue MPs who fail to return share of capital gainsAt least 10 MPs still to comply with expenses watchdogMPs forced to pay up tens of thousands since expenses scandal | UPDATED: 01:11 GMT, 24 December 2012 Former environment secretary Sir Jim Paice has agreed to pay 10,000 back to to the taxpayer The Commons expenses watchdog is preparing to take legal action against MPs who refuse to hand back a share of the profits they have made on taxpayer-funded second homes. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority said it is looking at suing MPs who fail to return a share of the 'capital gain' from the increase in value of their homes over two years

Calls for Silvio Berlusconi to be jailed for a year for "passing on wire-tapped phonecall details"

Prosecutors call for Silvio Berlusconi to be jailed for one year for ‘passing on wire-tapped phonecall details’Prosecutors are seeking a one-year jail sentence for Italy's former PM Berlusconi is accused of revealing confidential details of an investigation into a financial scandal to a newspaper owned by his family | UPDATED: 07:51 GMT, 21 December 2012 Italian prosecutors are seeking a jail sentence for the country's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi for allegedly revealing confidential information about an investigation into a financial scandal. The case relates to a judicial inquiry into an attempt by insurer Unipol to take over bank BNL, now owned by BNP Paribas, in 2005. Berlusconi is accused of obtaining details of a wire-tapped phone conversation about the deal and passing them to Il Giornale, the newspaper owned by his brother Paolo.

Amy Winehouse death inquest to be reheard as coroner was not properly qualified

Inquest into the death of singer Amy Winehouse to be reheard as coroner was not properly qualifiedCoroner Suzanne Greenaway recorded a verdict of death by misadventureMs Greenaway was appointed to her role in July 2009 by her husband | UPDATED: 08:54 GMT, 18 December 2012 Tragic: The Back to Black star was found dead at her north London home last year, aged 27 The inquest into the death of singer Amy Winehouse will be reheard because the coroner was under-qualified, according to a spokesman for Camden Council. The move comes after an investigation found Suzanne Greenaway, who oversaw the inquest into Winehouse's death, did not have the correct qualifications for the role.

Inquest into the death of singer Amy Winehouse to be reheard as coroner was not properly qualified

Inquest into the death of singer Amy Winehouse to be reheard as coroner was not properly qualifiedCoroner Suzanne Greenaway recorded a verdict of death by misadventureMs Greenaway was appointed to her role in July 2009 by her husband | UPDATED: 12:50 GMT, 17 December 2012 Tragic: The Back to Black star was found dead at her north London home last year, aged 27 The inquest into the death of singer Amy Winehouse will be reheard because the coroner was under-qualified, according to a spokesman for Camden Council. The move comes after an investigation found Suzanne Greenaway, who oversaw the inquest into Winehouse's death, did not have the correct qualifications for the role.

Gagged, judge who dared to stick up for marriage: Watchdog rebukes him over involvement in campaign

Gagged, judge who dared to stick up for marriage: Watchdog rebukes him over involvement in campaign | UPDATED: 22:43 GMT, 4 December 2012 Sir Paul Coleridge is listed as 'founder and chairman' of the Marriage Foundation think-tank A judge was ordered to keep a ‘lower profile’ yesterday – after he spoke out in favour of marriage. Judicial watchdogs rebuked High Court family law judge Sir Paul Coleridge following protests about his involvement in a campaign to make marriage ‘the gold standard of relationships’.