Asset Recovery Watch

ARW-49
Denis Sassou Nguesso
Congo, Republic of
President (1979-1992 and 1997-present)
France
Location of Recovery Effort, Asset Location / Alleged Asset Location
2007
Ongoing
Art.20
No
Criminal Prosecution
No
NA
[Ongoing Case, but Transparency International stated that this is the first time French courts allowed such a complaint by nongovernmental organizations to proceed. Source: Transparency International Press Release, "'Biens Mal Acquis' Case: French Supreme Court Overrules Court of Appeal's Decision: The complaint filed by Transparency International France is ruled admissible," November 9, 2010.]
Ongoing
Before Court of First Instance
Unknown
Ongoing
NA

In November 2010, the French Supreme Court held that the complaint filed by Transparency International France and SHERPA against Mr. Sassou Nguesso may proceed. The organizations had filed their "Biens Mal Acquis" (Improperly acquired property) complaint against Omar Bongo, Denis Sassou Nguesso and Teodoro Obiang and their relatives. With regard to Mr. Sassou Nguesso and his relatives, the complaint alleged that they had acquired real estate, including 18 properties, one hundred and twelve bank accounts and fleet of automobiles including at least one vehicle estimated to be worth EUR 172,321. (Source: Transparency International Press Release, "'Biens Mal Acquis' Case: French Supreme Court Overrules Court of Appeal's Decision, The complaint by Transparence International France is ruled admissible," November 9, 2010.)

In November 2010, the French Supreme Court held that the complaint ("Biens Mal Acquis"/Improperly Acquired Property) filed by Transparency International France and SHERPA against Mr. Sassou Nguesso may proceed. (Sources: Supreme Court of France, Case No. 6092, decision of November 9, 2010, L'association Transparence International France, partie civile, reversing High Court of Paris, section 2, judgment of October 29, 2009; Transparency International Press Release, "'Biens Mal Acquis' Case: French Supreme Court Overrules Court of Appeal's Decision, The complaint by Transparence International France is ruled admissible," November 9, 2010.)

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Unspecified
Transparency International France, SHERPA (civil complaint)
La Cour de Cassation, Chambre Criminelle (Supreme Court)