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French former top oil CEO arrested in Ivory Coast

Latest update : 2012-09-16

The former CEO of French oil giant Elf (now part of Total) was arrested in Abidjan on Saturday and extradited to Togo over a fraud probe. Loïk Le Floch-Prigent already served jail sentences in France for corruption during his time as Elf chief.

The ex-head of French oil giant Elf, Loik Le Floch-Prigent, has been extradited to the west African nation of Togo after his arrest in Ivory Coast over a fraud probe, a government source said Sunday.

"Loik Le Floch-Prigent was arrested yesterday in Abidjan," the Togolese government source told AFP.
             
"He was extradited to Lome yesterday around 2000 GMT. He will be presented to a judge tomorrow for questioning."
             
The investigation involves a complaint from an Emirati businessman who alleges he was the victim of a $48-million (37-million-euro) fraud.
             
Togo's former minister of territorial administration, Pascal Bodjona, has been charged over the allegations.
             
Le Floch-Prigent has already served jail terms in France for corruption while head of Elf from 1989 to 1993.
 
AFP

 

Date created : 2012-09-16

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