Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

Take a break: France’s love affair with vacations

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Panama: Triple X canal for giant cargos

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Israel’s ex-intel chief: ‘Together, we can do a lot to make Middle East a better place’

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

François Hollande: ‘Brexit result is irrevocable’

Read more

FOCUS

Zika virus spreading fast across Puerto Rico

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Hollande pledges tax cuts ahead of France's 2017 elections

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Britain's battle for leadership begins

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Istanbul's suffering in the shadows?

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Uganda: Opposition leader in court on treason charges

Read more

Africa

French prosecutors move to block African leader probe

Latest update : 2009-05-07

French prosecutors said they would appeal to block an investigation into claims the presidents of Gabon, Congo-Brazzaville and Equatorial Guinea plundered state coffers to buy French property.

  
AFP - The Paris prosecutor's office has appealed a judge's decision to investigate whether three African presidents plundered state coffers to buy luxury homes in France, a legal source said Thursday.


   
The judge decided Tuesday to launch a formal probe in response to a lawsuit filed by Transparency International France against the presidents of Gabon and Congo -- both former French colonies -- and of Equatorial Guinea.
   
But state prosecutors plan to appeal to try to block the probe, arguing that the independent anti-graft watchdog has no right to lodge a complaint because it is not a direct victim of any wrongdoing, the source said.

Date created : 2009-05-07

COMMENT(S)