Justice seizes the assets of businessman Sébastien

Justice continued on Friday, July 1, to seize Sébastien Ajavon’s property, in his home in Cotonou. The businessman and former presidential candidate in 2016 was sentenced to five years in prison and fined almost 160 million CFA francs for VAT fraud.

Images are blurred and blurry. Sent by local media, we see movers remove furniture – armchairs, golden tables – and a black luxury sedan loaded on a truck. Secured by parts of the security forces, in the presence of a bailiff and representatives of Sébastien Ajavon, seizure of the property was requested by the State of Benin.

“His wife is in an unnamed grief,” Sébastien Ajavan’s lawyer, Marc Bensimon, told RFI. Lui has a happily higher vision and supports his family, his children. They know they can not return to Benin. They know that everyone “Their belongings have been confiscated, but to go and get the teaspoons, the kitchen table, the armchairs … It is completely unacceptable. Afterwards, it is unfortunately in line with what my client has suffered since 2017.”

On March 22, the Supreme Court ruled on the seizure of the economic operator’s house, which then had one month to sell its property and start paying his fine, which amounts to more than 160 million CFA francs.

Support from Head of State Patrice Talon when he was elected in 2016, Sébastien Ajavon, who came third after the first round, living from exile in France where he was granted political refugee status. He considers himself a victim of legal harassment.

Sentenced to five years in prison for VAT fraud and 20 years in prison for another case of international drug trafficking, the businessman is still wanted. His name is indeed in a file published on the website of the Beninese Ministry of Justice. It is reported that an arrest warrant was issued against him on October 18, 2018.

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