Kid of Equatorial Guinea leader might deal with French corruption trial


French prosecutors have asked for that the son of Equatorial Guinea's president be pursued thought money laundering, an authority at the monetary prosecutor's office said on Thursday.TeodorinObiang, the kid of President Teodoro Obiang, had appealed for charges against him to be dropped last year on premises of diplomatic resistance, however the Cour de Cassation court at the time ruled the charges related "exclusively to his private life in France" and not to his official functions.


The district attorneys have actually passed on a 36-page indictment that describes a series of charges to which the defense and civil celebrations can make observations prior to judges choose in a month whether to take the case to trial, the official told Reuters.Obiang is 2nd vice president of the small central African state, where a majority of the population resides in poverty regardless of abundant oil reserves. He also deals with money-laundering charges in the United States.


His lawyer, Emmanuel Marsigny, informed Reuters they were evaluating the indictment.Obiang has actually denied misbehavior and has said his wealth, which has actually enabled him to buy high-end property in Paris, a personal jet and a stable of unique cars, was accumulated legally through successful business negotiations.


The case versus TeodorinObiang belongs to a broader French examination into money laundering, likewise targeting the households of Gabon's late president, Omar Bongo, and Republic of Congo President Denis SassouNguesso. Together they are believed of owning 63 luxury properties in Paris and some 200 bank accounts.Anti-corruption groups Sherpa and Transparency International France, which brought the case versus Obiang, three other presidents and their entourages in 2008, invited the choice.


In September, French judges bought the seizure of a property tied to the family of SassouNguesso in an investigation over thought ill-gotten wealth.The presidents reject any misbehavior, and SassouNguesso informed the French courts in 2013 not to intervene in his country's internal affairs.


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