Former French interior minister Charles Pasque claimed Thursday that Russian-Israeli businessman Arkadi Gaydamak was in the past an agent for a French intelligence agency.
Pasque and Gaydamak were among 36 people found guilty Tuesday of illegally trafficking Soviet-made weapons to Angola during a civil war in the 1990s. Pasque was fined â‚¬100,000 and given a one-year jail sentence which he intends to appeal. Gaydamak was given a six-year prison sentence in absentia.
In an interview with French daily Le Figaro Thursday, Pasque, who served as minister under former French president Jacques Chirac, alleged that Gaydamak had served as an agent for interior intelligence department DST. Pasque claimed that Chirac was well aware of this and called on the former president to "take responsibility."