At the moment he was in Paris, the first trial of “ill-gotten goods.” It is in this context that the daughter and son-in-law of Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso have been indicted this week. Indeed, this interpellation meets the desire to shed light on the origin of the colossal heritage of families of African leaders in France.
Last March, the spotlight was on the nephew of the president, Wilfrid Nguesso. This week, it is the turn of Julienne Sassou Nguesso, and her husband Guy Johnson, respectively daughter and son-in-law of the former president, blamed for the same acts of “money laundering misappropriated public funds”.
Three Presidential Families
Properties in the beautiful districts of the capital, sumptuous expenses, luxury cars: since 2010, financial magistrates are trying to determine whether the fortunes of three presidential families, those of Denis Sassou Nguesso (Congo-Brazzaville) Teodoro Obiang Nguema (Equatorial Guinea ) And the late Omar Bongo (Gabon), were able to be built on the national territory thanks to public funds diverted from these countries.
This investigation occurs about ten years after the first complaints of anti-corruption associations. The so-called “ill-gotten asset” case inaugurated its first trial last Monday before the Paris Criminal Court, where the Vice President of Equatorial Guinea and son of the president, Teodorin Obiang, is tried in his absence, Laundering of misappropriation of public funds.
“As we approach the epilogue of the Obiang strand, we are approaching the opening of a trial of the Sassou Nguesso clan.” However, according to counsel for Sassou Nguesso, the documents on which this investigation is based are “not in accordance with reality”.
The reasons for the placing of Julienne Sassou Guesso and her husband
Julienne Sassou Nguesso, 50, was an insurance agent by profession, Guy Johnson, 53, is a lawyer. Investigators are questioning the origin of the funds that allowed the couple to buy in 2006, via a real estate civil society (SCI), a mansion in the suburbs of Paris, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, with seven Rooms and indoor pool, according to a source close to the file. To this investment of just over 3 million, an invoice of 5.34 million euros was added for important works carried out between 2007 and 2011.
Investigators, who rely on reports from the anti-money laundering unit in Bercy (Tracfin), have been interested in financial movements between banks in San Marino and foreign companies. According to the investigation, several tens of millions of euros from public entities in Congo-Brazzaville have been transferred since 2007 to the accounts of various offshore companies based in Seychelles, Mauritius or Hong Kong, Suspected of feeding, in part, the lifestyle of some members of the presidential clan, according to a source close to the file.
Investigators believe that the couple would have financed part of the work through a Seychellois society fueled by the sale of the shares held by Julienne Sassou-Nguesso in a telecommunications company, which would be linked to “corruption operations “The source said. They also questioned the role of the president’s son-in-law, who appeared as the manager of an SCI that had acquired a mansion in the eighth district of Paris in the eighth district of Paris in 2007 for some 19 million euros. Including detained by the Omar Bongo clan, and his deceased wife, Edith Lucie Bongo Ondimba, who was the Congolese leader’s eldest daughter.
Justice has already seized several properties of the Sassou Nguesso clan as well as a dozen luxury cars.