Obiang taunts justice behind the wheel of one of its cars

In October 2019, Le Point Afrique headlined: "Sold at auction, did Teodorin's cars really escape the Obiangs?" It didn't take a big diviner to imagine that Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, nicknamed Teodorin, vice-president of Equatorial Guinea, was going to find a way to recover the twenty-five cars confiscated by Swiss justice. Among these cars: a Lamborghini Veneno, a Bugatti Veyron, three Rolls-Royce, several Ferrari, a Maserati, a Porsche, a McLaren, and a Koenigsegg. Named after a Swedish manufacturer specializing in high-end sport models, made in a dozen copies. Originally, Teodorin Obiang was suspected by the Geneva magistrates of money laundering and unfair management of public interests. Only here, officially, the twenty-five vehicles did not belong to the president's son, but to the Equatorial Guinean state. Even if Teodorin was the only one to enjoy it on the shores of Lake Geneva.

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Obiang's false nose

The judiciary is finally forced to close the case in February 2019. However, for a minimum of moral to be respected, the courthouse confiscates the cars and decides to sell them at auction. The sale proceeds to be donated to a "social program" in Equatorial Guinea. On September 29, 2019, this "clearance sale" brought in 23.4 million Swiss francs (21 million euros). Among lovers of beautiful cars, a German in his thirties. He alone will buy 13 of the 25 cars, including the Lamborghini Veneno for 7.5 million euros and the Koenigsegg for 3.6 million euros. For the Swiss press, there is little doubt: this bearded young German is Teodorin's false nose.

Obiang taunts justice behind the wheel of one of its - Obiang taunts justice behind the wheel of one of its cars

Teodorin Obiang's Koenigsegg during his seizure in Geneva.

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A snub to Swiss justice

The daily Time de Lausanne begins to track vehicles. They embark on December 3, 2019 at Kloten airport, in Zurich, aboard the Luxembourg company Cargolux Airlines International, bound for Dubai. The mystery is not going to last very long. On February 22, Teodorin Obiang posted photos on his Instagram account showing him driving the Koenigsegg, in the streets of Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea. A blue and black automobile with a beige leather interior. "Will the other 12 vehicles also appear on Vice President Obiang's account? »Questions the Swiss newspaper, which speaks of a sacred“ foot of nose ”in direction of the justice of the canton of Geneva. In the meantime, the president's son had another “toy” delivered to Malabo: a Pagani Roadster for 2 million euros…

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A mansion with 101 rooms

Apparently, the 30 million euros fine just imposed on him by the Paris Court of Appeal does not seem to affect unduly the former Minister of Agriculture and Forestry of Equatorial Guinea, whose official salary would not exceed not 10,000 euros a month. In October 2017, during the trial of "ill-gotten gains", Teodorin had already been sentenced to three years suspended prison sentence and a suspended fine of 30 million euros. On February 10, 2020, the Vice-President received an appeal against the same prison sentence for "laundering of abuse of corporate property", "laundering of embezzlement of public funds" and "laundering of breach of trust". But this time, he will have to pay the fine of 30 million euros. The prosecution had requested 4 years of imprisonment with an arrest warrant. Add the confiscation of all property seized in France, including a 101-room mansion avenue Foch in Paris, and 18 luxury cars. This time, even with the help of a nominee, Teodorin will have a hard time retrieving his other “toys”.

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