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Rapport du Sénat Américain sur Omar et Ali Bongo Ondimba

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Next consider Omar Bongo, President of Gabon for 41 years until his death last year and his eldest son Ali Bongo Minister of Defense until he took his father's place as President of the country Both men are notorious for accumulating massive wealth while in office in a country known for its poverty From 2003 until at least 2007, President Omar Bongo hired a US lobbyist Jeffrey Birrell to buy US made armored vehicles and to obtain US government permission to buy six C-130 military cargo aircrafts from Saudi Arabia to support his regime In connection with these projects, more than $18 million were wire transferred from Gabon into Mr. Birrell's US corporate bank accounts Part of that money came from President Bongo's personal account most came from an entity in Gabon called Ayira at President Bongo's direction, Mr. Birrell spent millions of dollars of the Gabon money on the armored car and aircraft projects including wiring more than $1 million to various consultants around the world and at least another $4 million to a Bongo adviser on accounts in Brussels and Paris When the aircraft deal fell through, Mr. Birrell wired $ 9.2 million of the Ayira money to an account in Pdt Bongo's name not in Gabon but in the country of Malta In short these corporate bank accounts became conduits for multi-million dollar suspicious wire transfers directed by President Omar Bongo through the U.S. financial system Now there is more, between 2000 and 2007, President Omar Bongo provided large amounts of cash to his daughter Yamile Bongo-Astier who was then living in New York and who stashed the money in accounts and safe deposit banks in New York thanks to safe deposit boxes in NY banks These banks were told by Ms. Bongo-Astier that she was an unemployed student and the databases they used didn't identify her as a PEP (Politically Exposed Person) The banks allowed multiple cash deposits and offshore wire transfers into her accounts One bank finally called it quits after a $183,000 wire transfer from Gabon Another did so after discovering she had $ 1 million in shrink-wrapped $100 bills in her safe deposit box, money which she said her father had brought into the country under his diplomatic status in 2007 without declaring that money as required by law The sub-committee double-checked & confirmed that no declaration was filed by President Bongo of the $ 1 million in shrink-wrapped bills Another relative, Inge Collins-Bongo, wife to the current President Ali Bongo established a US trust in her maiden name, opened US bank accounts in the name of that trust and brought in millions of $ in suspect funds into the United States without the banks realizing her PEP (Politically Exposed Person) status

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Duration: 3 minutes and 47 seconds
Country: Gabon
Language: English
Producer: United States Senate
Director: United States Senate
Views: 420
Posted by: abacker on Feb 11, 2010

Audition au Sénat Américain émanant du Rapport du 5 Février 2010 sur le blanchiment d'argent aux USA par des leaders Africains.

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