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Saturday, 8 July 2017

French prosecutor wants the son of Equatorial Guinea's President jailed for embezzling $115m from his country

A French public prosecutor on Wednesday asked a court to sentence the son of Equatorial Guinea's president to three years in jail on charges of embezzling $115 million from his country to buy Parisian luxury properties and exotic cars.

Teodorin Obiang, who's the Vice President of Equatorial Guinea and the eldest son of President Teodoro Obiang denied the charges of laundering embezzled public funds. He is being tried in absentia.
The French authorities investigating the possibly illicit purchases of French assets by African leaders, estimate that Teodorin’s collection of cars, real estate, and other items are worth more than €100 million (about $115 million). The prosecutor is also seeking a €30 million fine for Teodorin.

The Prosecutors allege that Teodorin stole at least $115 million from the country while serving as agriculture minister for his father, who first took power in 1979.

Among the acquisitions at the centre of the trial are a large property bought for 25 million euros ($28.31 million)in 2005 on Paris's upmarket Avenue Foch, with gymnasium, steam room, hairdressing studio and a discotheque with cinema screen.

In addition, prosecutors say Obiang built up an exceptional collection of costly cars, which along with clothes, jewels and real estate took the value of all his assets to around 100 million euros.

According to Reuters, the case is the first of several to reach court in a broader judicial investigation into allegations of illicit acquisitions in France by long-time leaders and family relatives in several African countries including Gabon and the Congo Republic.

The court's ruling is expected to come at a later date.
Over the past few years, European authorities have seized some of Obiang’s properties including a $120 million 76-meter yacht, called Ebony Ice, and a fleet of some of the world’s rarest cars, and a mansion in Paris, complete with a club, gold-plated bathrooms, and original paintings by Degas and Renoir.

In a previous settlement with US authorities, Obiang handed over more than $30 million in assets, including a villa in Malibu, California and luxury cars. He was able to keep Michael Jackson collectors items including a crystal glove Jackson once wore.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

madness !!!!!

Anonymous said...

Madness!!!

Gotv Plans said...

Seriously? Son of a President Jailed? Well the money in question is really high but lets see how this turns out at last. Check out Nigerian University news

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Issokay


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Richmond said...

My God, wat has happened to Africa, dis s too bad. If the son could do dis wat abt d father.

Anonymous said...

These are the faces of Africa's new "colonial masters" whether in Equatorial Guinea or Nigeria. It's an enormous shame given the endemic challenges that still beset the continent: access to basic necessities of life; clean portable water, electricity, health care, transportation, communication, housing, security and even food. Yet, leaders like Obiang could care less. Rather, they are focused on living decadently, in perpetuity, off of the peoples sweat. How much longer will Africa's youths keep taking this "daylight robbery" of their future lying down? Nah question-o QED@atm

Agbomen said...

He is the son of the President and he's the vice President. What a joke of a country!! Africans!! Our backwardness no be here!

Vivian Reginalds said...

Criminals everywhere
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

ada ochagwu said...

Sooo French govt is still on this matter? Prosecuting the ones that refuse to bow to them? Europeans want to control all African countries but Equatorial Guinea refused to be under their influence hence the persecution. What has any of these so called international courts done about the looming loots in Nigeria? I see billions of dollars discovered every day from suckaways and holes, graveyards in my dear country Nigeria, what have they done? Instead the international courts give these animals of individuals rights to bail and all..everything the Europeans do is strictly for their own benefit abeg..let sleeping dogs lie.

Anonymous said...

Please let their investigation extend to Nigeria.

Anonymous said...

Atleast naija no worst reach dat stage

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