Gabon leader's chief-of-staff held in Paris in corruption probe

3rd August 2015, Comments 0 comments

The Gabonese president's chief-of-staff was detained Monday in Paris on suspicion of corruption as he was about to fly back to Libreville, a judicial source said.

Maixent Accrombessi, who is very close to Gabonese leader Ali Bongo Ondimba, was detained at Roissy airport near Paris "for corruption of a foreign public official", said the source, who wished to remain anonymous.

The arrest is part of a probe by Paris prosecutors into the 2006 awarding of a contract in Gabon to a French military uniforms manufacturer.

Accrombessi is hugely influential in Gabon, having worked with Bongo when he was defence minister, and again when he became president.

© 2015 AFP

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