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Omar Bongo loses in French court

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  • bobutne
    ... PARIS - A Paris court has thrown out a suit for millions of euros (dollars) brought by Gabonese President Omar Bongo Ondimba against a former adviser and
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 22, 2007
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      PARIS - A Paris court has thrown out a suit for millions of euros
      (dollars) brought by Gabonese President Omar Bongo Ondimba against a
      former adviser and ex-official at French oil group Elf, a source
      said. The court on Wednesday ruled inadmissible the complaint lodged
      by the Gabonese president who was demanding that Andre Tarallo
      transfer ownership of two properties in Corsica and in Paris to him
      along with millions of euros.

      Tarallo, who was the top official responsible for African affairs at
      Elf, served as an adviser for Bongo in the 1990s and had admitted in
      another trial for corruption that he had handled funds on behalf of
      the president. The Paris court ruled that Tarallo had been convicted
      of embezzling the funds in question in a separate trial in March 2005
      and that Gabon could not pursue a case that had been settled by a
      criminal tribunal. Tarallo was sentenced in 2005 to seven years in
      prison and fined two million euros.

      In the complaint, Bongo had produced several documents showing that
      Tarallo had pledged to pay back millions of euros to the president.

      http://www.thetimes.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=666997
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