a new series of charges target 4 more children

In France, the judiciary has indicted at least 4 children of Gabon’s former president Omar Bongo, between this month and last month, in the so-called “unfortunate gains”. They are being prosecuted for concealment of embezzlement of public funds, active and passive corruption, money laundering and misappropriation of corporate assets. In total, at least 8 of the former head of state’s 54 children are being prosecuted within the framework of this judicial investigation opened in France.

Among the 4 new defendants in this case are Pascaline Bongo, 66, who was her father’s chief of staff, and Omar Denis Junior Bongo, 28, who is also the grandson of Congolese President Denis Sassou-Nguesso.

Justice suspects these 4 children of Omar Bongo to have “knowingly” benefited from a property inheritance that their father fraudulently created in France. All these properties have recently been valued by the courts at at least 85 million euros.

Earlier this yearthe fiscal judge has already indicted 4 other children of the former head of state… who ruled Gabon from 1967 to 2009. All denied knowledge of the alleged fraudulent nature of this fortune.

In a given judgment In februarythe Paris Court of Appeal found that the Bongo family’s wealth “comes from money from the embezzlement of public funds.”

In addition to the children of Omar Bongo and the BNP Paribas group, 14 people are being prosecuted in this case, including members of the family of Congolese President Denis Sassou-Nguesso and several French nationals.

The indictment against Pascaline Bongo is very recent, but we expected it because we understood that the machine was launched and that unfortunately, despite the arguments that we were able to raise both about the legal anachronism of this procedure and about its emptiness, is a conscious desire to go all the way in this so-called “unfortunate gain” case.

Corinne Dreyfus-Schmidt, lawyer for Pascaline Bongo

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