Gabon party slams 'ridiculous' French corruption ruling

10th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

Gabon's ruling party on Wednesday lashed out at a French court after it authorised judges to probe corruption charges against its former leader, Omar Bongo Ondimba.

Dismissing Tuesday's ruling as ridiculous, the Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG) accused the court of nostalgia for French colonial rule and a lack of understanding of international law, in a statement read out on public television.

The PDG is led by Ali Bongo, the son of the late leader who ruled the country for more than 30 years until his death in 2009.

Bongo is accused of amassing a wealth of assets in France through embezzlement.

France's top appeals court also ordered an investigation into the source of money spent in France by two other African leaders -- Congo-Brazzaville's President Denis Sassou Nguesso and Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Obiang Nguema.

The charges have been brought by Transparency International (TI), an anti-corruption campaign group which alleges the leaders and their relatives spent state funds from their countries on lavish purchases in France.

© 2010 AFP

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