French properties of Omar Bongo's family seized by court

22nd April 2016, Comments 0 comments

French judges probing the source of money spent on luxury homes and mansions in the country by Gabon's former president Omar Bongo have seized properties belonging to his family, judicial sources revealed Friday.

A villa in Nice, on France's plush Cote d'Azur, as well as a Paris mansion located in the city's chic 16th arrondissement are among the properties owned by SCI Emeraude, the property company that was seized according to several sources.

The probe is also scrutinising the affairs of Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema and Congo-Brazzaville's President Denis Sassou Nguesso.

The investigation was launched in December 2010 to determine whether the three long-serving African leaders used corrupt means to acquire expensive properties in France.

© 2016 AFP

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