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French judge wants to probe 3 African leaders

French judge wants to probe 3 African leaders

A French judge has decided to investigate three African leaders for money laundering and other alleged crimes linked to their wealth in France.
The prosecutor's office opposed the opening of an investigation April 20 and now has five days to appeal the decision by investigating Magistrate Francoise Desset.
The probe follows a complaint by Transparency International France, an association that tracks corruption, against Gabon's Omar Bongo, Republic of Congo's Denis Sassou Nguesso and Theodore Obiang of Equatorial Guinea.
Association lawyer William Bourdon claimed Tuesday the decision was "unprecedented" for such a probe against heads of state. A preliminary investigation turned up numerous signs of wealth among the three that Bourdon says belongs to their people.


Updated : 2021-07-30 12:20 GMT+08:00