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Korruption & Misswirtschaft

Diese Medienberichte sollen deutlich machen, wie hemmungslos Herrschaftscliquen afrikanischer Länder sich am Vermögen ihrer Völker bereichern, und zugleich sollen sie auf das Versagen unserer Politiker hinweisen, auf diesen Skandal angemessen zu reagieren.
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15.10.2020
Angola

Angola’s anti-corruption crusade tide turns against João Lourenço

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07.10.2020
Südafrika

Korrupte ANC-Politiker verhaftet

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29.09.2020
Afrika

Afrikanische Staaten verlieren 89 Milliarden Dollar jährlich durch illegale Kapitalflucht

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25.09.2020
Congo DRC

Illicit DRC gold: London Bullion Market must do more to stop it

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24.09.2020
Kenya

Kenya officials accused of Covid-19 corruption

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16.09.2020
Mauretanie

Mauritanie, la saisie des fonds de l’ex Président Aziz

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16.09.2020
Afrika

Afrikas Schuldenlast drückt immer schwerer

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08.09.2020
Afrika

Die große Abzocke bei Rüstungsdeals

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02.09.2020
South Africa

Coronavirus in South Africa: Misuse of Covid-19 funds 'frightening'

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23.08.2020
South Africa

Ramaphosa: ANC deeply implicated in corruption

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20.08.2020
Mauretanie

L’incroyable liste des détournements de l’ex Président Aziz

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14.08.2020
Angola

José Filomeno dos Santos: Son of Angola's ex-leader jailed for five years

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06.08.2020
Niger

How a Notorious Arms Dealer Hijacked Niger’s Budget and Bought Weapons From Russia

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04.08.2020
Südafrika

Die Korruptionsskandale des ANC

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29.07.2020
Afrika

Wie Corona und Korruption einander begünstigen

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27.07.2020
Südafrika

Korruptionsskandal um Coronahilfe erschüttert Südafrika

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27.07.2020
Congo

‘Ebola business’ concerns resurface as new Congo outbreak spreads

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20.07.2020
Deutschland

BMZ-Brief zu Korruption

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17.07.2020
NIgeria

Nigeria’s EFCC boss suspended from office following secret tribunal

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09.07.2020
Republic of Congo

THE CYCLE OF KLEPTOCRACY: A CONGOLESE STATE AFFAIR

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07.07.2020
RDC

Où sont passés les millions de la lutte contre le coronavirus?


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06.07.2020
RDC

Le lanceur d’alerte Claude Mianzuila détenu à Mbuji-Mayi

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04.07.2020
Nigeria

Instagram star flaunted lavish lifestyle but was actually conspiring to launder hundreds of millions of dollars, US prosecutors say

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04.07.2020
Kenia

Korruption untergräbt den Kampf gegen Covid-19

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24.06.2020
Niger

Affaire audit - Ministère de Défense Nationale

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23.06.2020
3rd World

We know more about fraud and abuse in aid. It’s time to stop it.

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21.06.2020
Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe anti-corruption body starts audit of the rich

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21.06.2020
Kongo

Harte Strafe für Kabinettschef im Kongo

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20.06.2020
Zimbabwe

Coronavirus: Zimbabwe health minister in court on corruption charges


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18.06.2020
Afrique

Ces jets privés qui transportent les Présidents africains malgré l’épidémie

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18.06.2020
Congo

How ‘Ebola business’ threatens aid operations in Congo

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11.06.2020
Congo

Congo aid scam triggers sector-wide alarm

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03.06.2020
Angola

Isabel dos Santos mobilises her last line of loyal supporters

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31.05.2020
weltweit

Wie Journalisten Korruption mit Corona-Geld aufdecken sollen

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28.05.2020
Cameroun

Les milliards distribués aux députés font polémique

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25.05.2020
Niger

76 milliards de fcfa détournés

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13.05.2020
NIgeria

Nigeria arrests Chinese over $250.000 cash bribe for corruption cover-up

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13.05.2020
Angola

Angola: On the Trail of Stolen Billions

The Africa Report

Angola's economy is in a state of fragility. Its tough economic restructuring programme at the beginning of the year focused on the sale of state-owned oil and diamond assets, reform of the national budget. The major hit it has taken from the coronavirus epidemic, has also weakened the country. But perhaps Angola would have weathered the storm better had over $100bn not been stolen from state coffers during the four decade presidency of José Eduardo dos Santos. In this five-part series, Patrick Smith and Zoe Eisenstein report on the campaign to find those stolen funds and how it is changing the politics and economy of Angola.

In the first of a five-part series on Angola's campaign to find its stolen funds, we meet the man central to the country's hunt to retrieve its missing billions.


Part One: Joining the Dots

Sunlight streamed through the tiny window of a cell in a Luanda’s maximum security prison. Beneath it lay a corpse covered by a flimsy white sheet and a band of men playing cards.

“How can you play cards next to a corpse, [with] the smell and everything?” Rafael Marques asked his fellow inmates.

“Oh, it’s your first day – on the third day you’ll be here playing cards with us,” one of them shot back.

“And will the corpse still be there?” asked Marques, one of Angola’s most celebrated journalists.

“No, there will be another one. Every day there’s a new corpse. They just stay here until they get buried,” said another inmate.

“And on the third day I sat down with them to play cards. The corpse was just there, next to us,” Marques told The Africa Report in a macabre account of his arrest and detention at Viana maximum security prison back in 1999.

“Central player in Angola’s hunt”

Today, Marques is a central player in Angola’s hunt for its missing billions which is pitting President João Lourenço against the Dos Santos clan, especially Isabel dos Santos, daughter of the former president.

For years, Marques cut a solitary path, exposing the procurement scams and wholesale transfer of state assets overseas.

Once vilified by regime sycophants and criminal business people, and under surveillance by state security, these days Marques is walking through the corridors of power for meetings with President João Lourenço.

President João Lourenço wants the return of the more than $100 billion reckoned to have been plundered
between 2002 and 2017.

Last year, along with another long-time dissident Sousa Jamba, Marques was awarded a medal for services to the nation in a ceremony at the presidential palace.

Credible fight against corruption

For now, Marques views the government’s fight against corruption as credible. He rejects accusations from the Dos Santos camp that Lourenço just wants political vengeance. “It’s not a selective campaign … they are going after many different officials and business people.”

With one of the biggest searches for stolen assets in the world (compared to countries such as Portugal, Britain and its tax haven dependencies, United Arab Emirates, Russia, China and Hong Kong) Angola’s money chase could break the mould.

A decree passed in 2018 allowing a voluntary repatriation of assets has yielded a little over $2bn, barely 2% of the target.

Casting the net far and wide

Angola’s prosecutors are touring western capitals, setting up exchanges of financial information, urging regulators to freeze assets and accounts. Specialist asset tracing companies are talking to officials in Luanda to start the painstaking process of finding, then negotiating the return of the looted assets. If successful, Angola will have scored a first.

Attempts in Egypt, Indonesia and Nigeria to claw back resources have floundered, derailed by compromised officials or tied up in legal procedure.

This time in Angola, Marques thinks there is a strong chance of success. One of the toughest reporters in Africa, his reports on rights abuses and grand theft in the diamond business, frauds linked to the oil industry and defence procurement are a route map for state investigators and foreign journalists tracking Angola’s stolen funds.

After exposing the depredations of the war, forced recruitment, massacres, Orwellian-style manipulation of news, Marques had turned a spotlight on the gangs of war profiteers. He had countless enemies – on all sides of the political scene.

Angola then…

Back in 1999, Marques had been collecting signatures for a peace manifesto. He accused President Jose Eduardo dos Santos and UNITA rebel leader Jonas Savimbi of being warlords. “I was trying to explain how the war became profitable for these individuals”.

One of the few journalists to join the dots between the brutality of the war and the fast-growing wealth of Luanda’s political elite, Marques had become an irritant to the regime.

One morning at five o’clock he heard an insistent rapping at his front door.

“The neighbourhood was full of special police forces …the back street, the main street,” said Marques. “I had seven officers pointing guns at me, one pressed his pistol against my temples … After hours of interrogation, [I was taken] to the forensic laboratory that has a special prison. I was locked up as a captured guerrilla fighter.”

…Angola now

Now Angola is another country, says Marques. This year, walking through the cobbled streets of Lisbon’s old town, he explains why Angola’s fight against grand corruption could reverberate across the international financial system.

A lot of powerful financial and corporate interests benefitted from doing business with the Dos Santos clan, he says. If the Luanda government has the political will, it can get cooperation from western governments and financial institutions to track and return the funds.

Looking at the list of top ranking corporate consultancies, law firms and accountants tied up in successive scandals in Angola, Marques says: “It’s time the enablers – who have earned rich fees from these frauds – were held to account. They should contribute to civil society.”

“Angola is in financial meltdown”

Much as the chase for the missing billions could roil international corporate interests, it will also transform Angola, according to a senior official in Luanda, as the old order faces a reckoning: “If you’ve had any role during the Dos Santos years – a long time – you run the risk of being confused for a marimbondo (a type of hornet or bloodsucker). It’s quite serious what’s happening.”



Part Two: The Money Chase

Angolan Twitter went wild – mostly cheering – when the Lourenço government froze the assets and accounts of Isabel Dos Santos in the country last December.

The courts claimed she and her art dealer husband Sindika Dokolo had caused over a billion dollars of losses to the Angolan state.

“The Princess”

Despite a fortune reckoned at around $2.2bn – many say a gross underestimate – she cultivates a homespun image.

An associate recalls their first meeting when Isabel was sitting by a swimming pool in flip flops and a bathing suit. Yet “the Princess” symbolises the failures of her father’s four-decade rule.

Her constant social media posts, taking on Lourenço, senior Angolans and Portuguese anger many. She dismissed advice from public relations advisors, friends and even her husband to rein it in.

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“She’s at the top of the pyramid of what was happening in this place. She’s the highest exponent, she’s as good as it got,” said a top official in Luanda.

Angola versus Dos Santos

Angolan officials are doing battle with Dos Santos across the world. They want the United States to impose sanctions on Isabel to bar her from visiting the US and her companies from using US dollars.

The charges on the warrant would include: money-laundering, influence-peddling, harmful management …
forgery of documents … and other economic crimes.

Last June, Angola signed a $4.1m contract with Washington DC lobbyist Squire Patton Boggs to push its case against the Dos Santos clan.

Isabel’s business empire spans several continents but her banking options have shrunk over the last decade. Banks, such as Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and Santander will not work with her.

Uria Menéndez, the Spanish law firm she retained in Portugal has dropped her. “She’s asked everyone here if they will work for her,” a legal source in Lisbon said. “She thought she was above the law and untouchable but she’s now become literally untouchable – none of the serious firms will go anywhere near her.”

Assets frozen

In February her Portuguese bank accounts were frozen. Angola’s attorney general has said he will issue an international warrant against Dos Santos if she fails to cooperate with investigations. The charges on the warrant would include: ‘money-laundering, influence-peddling, harmful management … forgery of documents … and other economic crimes,’ he said.

At the centre of the charges against Dos Santos are claims that she used her position as chairwoman of Sonangol, Angola’s state oil conglomerate, to make illicit payments via Eurobic bank in Portugal, in which she was the main shareholder, to companies in Dubai controlled by her friends.

Luanda Leaks

Journalists who have seen a closely-guarded cache of 750,000 hacked documents say that she and her associates had ordered millions of dollars of payments to be made after the Lourenço government had sacked her from Sonangol on 15 November 2017.

Nuhna Ribeiro da Cuhna, who managed Sonagol’s account at Eurobic, was found dead in his garage in Lisbon after local media linked him to Dos Santos’s business operations.

Business sources close to Eurobic in Lisbon told us that the dates and timings of the documents seen by the journalists were forged. That could become the subject of a drawn-out legal fight. But it doesn’t settle the conflict of interest raised by Dos Santos’s controlling stake in Eurobic.

Insisting on her innocence, Isabel promises to fight through the courts. She had hired Schillings, London-based lawyers and reputation managers who acted for the Gupta family at the heart of South Africa’s state capture scandal, and is threatening to sue journalists behind the Luanda Leaks reports for defamation.

The government is guilty of a “concentrated and well-coordinated attack ahead of elections,” said Isabel. “Stolen documents have been leaked selectively to give a false impression of my business activities … all my commercial transactions have been approved by lawyers, banks, auditors and regulators”.

Yet those auditing firms have launched their own probes. A top executive resigned from PwC over the affair. Spanish bank Abanca has bought 95% of Eurobic, including Isabel’s share. Over a dozen senior officials working for her companies have quit.

And in early April, a Lisbon court ordered the “preventive seizure” of Dos Santos’s 26% stake in Portuguese telecoms company NOS, reported Bloomberg News on 4 April. This followed a generalised freeze in February of all the bank accounts held by Isabel in Portugal; that was in response to a request from the Angolan authorities for judicial cooperation.

“Sliver of a chance”

Legal experts in Luanda and Lisbon say there is a sliver of a chance that Isabel’s representatives might offer to return some funds to Angola. But her closest associates insist she would never return to Luanda to negotiate.

Tracking the Dos Santos assets would be an enormous task and investment in time and labour.

A settlement between both parties might be possible, said a consultant with knowledge of the transactions. “You would need the host country to be pulling their finger out to prove that funds that are abroad belong to them rather than to the target and that’s a much harder task.”

“Often countries have never faced this situation before, certainly where there are political families involved it’s usually a first,” says Kamal Shah, a UK-based lawyer who has taken on several politically-charged asset tracing cases in recent years. “Generally the targets are a couple of steps ahead of those that are chasing them because they tend to have the best professional advisors”.

One of Isabel’s biggest vulnerabilities, according to an expert on Angola’s finances, is her companies using state backing in Luanda to get loans in Portugal to buy large stakes in companies there.

“There are difficulties with that in legal terms,” he adds. “Likewise, there are problems with a loan that Dos Santos took in US dollars from Sonangol but tried to repay in Angolan kwanza.”

“A purely legal route in getting back the assets”?

However, he raises doubts about the viability of a purely legal route in getting back the assets. “Asset tracing is a huge job. Knowing where this stuff is is a big form of pressure. But if she says I’m never moving back to Angola, she could hold out for a hell of a long time. That’s her option. There’s a real issue there.”

Jonathan Benton, a former head of the UK government’s international Corruption Unit who now runs a asset-tracing company called Intelligent Sanctuary, agrees that tracking the Dos Santos assets would be an enormous task and investment in time and labour.

“A case like this is not that simple (for the UK) … it may require a team of twelve working full-time to try and gather the necessary evidence. Valuable resources I don’t believe they have at present.”

That leaves the ball very much in Angola’s court – to invest in a professional forensic investigation and apply as much diplomatic pressure as possible. All that has been made much harder by the global public health crisis this year.



Part Three: Portugal Connections

“I simply tweeted saying getting loans is one way of laundering money,” explains Ana Gomes, the former Portuguese MEP who has taken on the elites of both Angola and Portugal through her investigations, official complaints, in the media and in court.

Isabel Dos Santos sued Gomes for tweets she alleged had damaged her honour and reputation. “I said in court, you have the reputation of mother Teresa of Calcutta or the reputation of Al Capone,” says Gomes, who is small in stature but exudes energy. It is no secret who Gomes thinks Isabel resembles.

Portugal – Angola connection alive as ever

The Portuguese landed in Angola more than 400 years ago, brutally colonized it and stayed until 1975.

The elites in Luanda and Lisbon have quarreled but were ultimately drawn back together because of the synchronicity of their economic interests.

One savvy business executive who welcomed us to his Lisbon boardroom dotted with photographs of stars and politicians he had met, explained it as a relationship that moved with the economic tides. Most recently, Angolan investors saved several floundering Portuguese companies.

“(Engineering firm) Efacec was bankrupt, Isabel (Dos Santos) saved it. It employs 2,700 families – that makes it a huge employer in the north of Portugal,” he said.

“Everybody in Portugal wanted to do business with her. And everybody who does business in Angola is responsible for corruption. Angels are in heaven.”

“Caught with our pants down”

There are dissidents on both sides of the coin – people like Gomes, a member of Portugal’s Socialist Party, or Rafael Marques in Angola. The Dos Santos crisis is shining a light on the often shady mechanics of the relationship. This is awkward for some businesses in Portugal where, as one legal source put it, “we were caught with our pants down. There is no way we can justify – legally or morally – the role we played”.

You can see, the level of complicity here was also very much political.

On 17 January, three days before the publication of Luanda Leaks, the court in Lisbon rejected Dos Santos’s libel case against Gomes. A lawyer by training and a former career diplomat before becoming a politician, Gomes points to EuroBIC, in which Dos Santos had a 42.5% stake until February, as just one example of the complicity between Portugal and Angola for personal enrichment of the elites on both sides of the Atlantic.

Under the former Portuguese finance minister, Fernando Teixeira dos Santos, the collapsed BPN bank was saved by the state with a huge cash injection, creating Banco BIC – later called EuroBIC. The bank was then sold to Dos Santos for 40 million euros ($43.3m).

“That’s outrageous because the state – Portuguese taxpayers – had put over 5 billion euros in the bank (to save it),” explains Gomes.

“Then – coucou (peek-a-boo) – he (Teixeira dos Santos) becomes the CEO of her bank (EuroBIC),” she adds.

Portugal’s central bank is currently scrutinising Eurobic’s compliance with anti money laundering rules and in January said it was assessing the suitability of Dos Santos as a shareholder in Portuguese banks.

Ties with Luanda’s elite goes back generations

Lisbon’s ties with Luanda’s elite has been promoted by successive Portuguese leaders. Former Portuguese Prime Minister José Manuel Barroso’s special relationship with Angola dates back to his negotiations on the Bicesse accords in the early 1990s.

Critics of the Dos Santos regime and anti-corruption investigators accuse Barroso, who is now the non-executive chairman of Goldman Sachs, of trying to block investigations into top regime officials and their business partners in Luanda and Lisbon.

“You can see, the level of complicity here was also very much political. This isn’t just Isabel Dos Santos and her husband – she was acting as a front woman for her father. A lot of people are implicated here – these people will want to get as much as they can themselves,” explains Gomes.

Some of the transactions were, as the business executive says, so obvious that they were “como o gato escondido com o rabo de fora” – a popular Portuguese saying meaning like a cat hiding with its tail showing.

But opinion remains divided over whether the judiciary in Lisbon will be able – or willing – to flex its muscles given that investigating Angolan corruption will implicate senior Portuguese officials. Gomes says parties from across Portugal’s political spectrum – including her own – have been complicit, with the exception of the Bloco Esquerda.

Although Portugal’s judiciary has the capacity to act, much will depend on Angola’s determination to follow the money. Portugal’s politicians will try to exert their own leverage. It’s a delicate balance.

“Lisbon is using its support for Angola to ingratiate itself … we are becoming submissive to this guy (Lourenço) like we were submissive to Dos Santos,” a disgruntled business man in Lisbon concluded.



Part Four: International Implications

Tales of illicit transfers from state companies, inflated procurement contracts and land grabs in the capital – as documented by government prosecutors and the Luanda Leaks data hack – are the tip of a gargantuan iceberg according to commercial lawyers familiar with some of the biggest transactions over the past decade.

More deals may surface

Many more suspect deals will be exposed in the coming months with Portugal’s judicial police planning raids on local companies suspected of malfeasance.

“The 100 million dollars transfer – widely reported in the media – is a minor part of what happened during the Sonangol period under Isabel Dos Santos,” a business executive told us. “A lot more is going to come out – the worst is yet to happen. They’ll raid anybody and any company that had anything to do with Isabel Dos Santos,” he added.

A key issue will be to what extent international oil companies in Angola may be implicated. The central question is how much Angola earns from its oil exports, how much tax the oil companies pay and who negotiates those payments and with what transparency.

There will be a renewed spotlight on the ethical procedures and relationships they have with their lawyers, auditors and accountants.

“…benfitted enormously from the millions syphoned”

Many of Angola’s trading partners have questions to answer. “Portugal wasn’t the country that helped corrupt Angola the most – that prize goes to China,” said a legal source. “And take the UK – it has benefitted enormously from the millions syphoned out of Angola. Just look at the multi-million pound properties Isabel owns there”.

Dos Santos’s husband Sindika Dokolo obtained a stake in the Geneva-based firm De Grisogono, making diamond jewellery for the stars, in what was meant to be an equal partnership with Angola’s state diamond firm Sodiam.

But it has emerged that Sodiam paid the lion’s share, with Dokolo making a negligible contribution. De Grisogono, which had six stores in the United States, filed for bankruptcy in late January this year, which may trigger further investigations over its finances.

Dos Santos and Portugal’s Galp

Questions are being asked about the Dos Santos clan’s 6% indirect stake in the Portugal’s oil firm Galp. They paid $75m for that stake, which was worth well over $700m in February, with a loan from Sonangol. Officials at Galp – the second biggest company on the Lisbon stock exchange with operations in Angola, Brazil and Mozambique – say it is a matter for Sonangol to sort out.

Associates of Isabel, whose mother Tatiana was born in the Soviet Union, deny media reports that she now travels on a Russian passport or has plans to relocate to Moscow.

But anti-corruption campaigners are scrutinising business operations by Tatiana and Isabel with Russian companies – even if their inquiries are likely to hit a brick wall in Moscow.



Part Five: Luanda Life

Some Angolans reminisce about “better times” under President Dos Santos, when they were poor but the country was rich.

This year, Angola will struggle to get out of recession, according to Alves da Rocha, Economics professor at the Catholic University in Luanda.

More important for most people is the fight against unemployment – over a third of young people are
jobless and 41% of Angolans are considered poor,

“Unemployment and poverty could increase and I fear for social turbulence.”

Wealthier Luandans complain that crime is increasing. There are also regular demonstrations, with demands that the “povo” should not bear the brunt of the crisis.

How far will President Lourenço go?

Plans to privatise state assets have been beset by problems over finances, management and valuation. There is big talk of foreign investment and bankers are looking again at doing business in Angola. But assessments have not been matched with new money.

“Externally, the perceptions are quite positive. More important for most people is the fight against unemployment – over a third of young people are jobless and 41% of Angolans are considered poor according to the most recent survey,” said Da Rocha.

“The question remains … how far President Lourenço wants to go and if the members of the ruling party will allow him to complete his transparency campaign.”

Elections a “key test” for Lourenço

A big question now is when Angola will hold its local elections, slated for this year but now likely to be delayed again due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Whenever the elections are held, they will be a key test for Lourenço’s leadership of the MPLA. Lourenço has agreed to reforms with the IMF but has delayed cutting subsidies and social projects for fear of losing popular support.

Some businesses see the campaign against the Dos Santos family as a useful distraction.

Adalberto da Costa Junior, leader of the former rebel-turned opposition party UNITA, says those leaders who profited under Dos Santos should no longer run the show.

“The MPLA institutionalised corruption. The leaders who accumulated these riches were in the politburo yesterday and are in the politburo today.”

Yet Lourenço argues his insider knowledge will help him to reform it. “We were all part of the system … it is because I have seen these high levels of corruption and think that situation shouldn’t continue … that we are fighting what we have seen for decades,” he said in February.

Angola discouraging foreign investors

Angola’s business environment may have improved but a Western businessman who has been there for decades says he hadn’t seen many serious foreign investors coming in. “Angola has changed a lot of laws and regulations but they don’t realise that they are in competition with other countries in the region. People think it’s too complicated, Angolans are difficult to deal with, I’ll go somewhere else. The fact it’s Portugese-speaking doesn’t help either.”

Among established companies in Luanda, there is unease, he says. “Most people have a couple of degrees of separation from somebody who could be on the wanted list. As long as Lourenço is in power, they can’t lock up everybody because everybody’s implicated.”

Some businesses see the campaign against the Dos Santos family as a useful distraction. “Some of those guys may get screwed, especially if the Isabel thing doesn’t work out. As long as they can keep that going – and that’s still in the press – that takes a lot of attention away from a lot of potential targets. They are smart, keep a low profile, reinforce deals they are doing with the government.”

Fate of Dos Santos clan: a national obsession

Populist attacks against the old elite could hit a reality check. A worried official told us the fate of the Dos Santos clan has become a national obsession. “Nobody talks about anything else. That’s dangerous. It gives too much room for populists, for empty talk, hate speech even.”

“People are happy she’s being smeared on international TV. But it’s not just her being smeared but it’s everybody here.”

Both sides, he argues, have been shortsighted: “She should have, very early on, realised there was no way she could get away with it all. That at some point she needed to come to grips with the new establishment and have discussions on how to deal with it. But she just existed in her own reality,” he says of Isabel.

There were cracks in the system that permitted financial leaks on a giant scale, according to a long-time official in Luanda: “We haven’t fixed that yet. This was the system, how things were run. You needed to start a business, you went to Sonangol. You were friendly enough to the regime, you got the contract. This stuff was given away.”

Lourenco’s campaign risks polarising society, warned the official. “If you’re not careful what you say … you’ll be accused of defending the marimbondos (the hornets and bloodsuckers). As a result I think we are missing an opportunity.”

Party loyalists echo the anti-graft mantra against the plutocrats but there are many in-between who want to seize the chance to push through positive change, he warned: “These could end up having no voice.”

“Litmus test for what might happen to them”

Angola’s gilded class is nervous about the campaign, argued a European-based academic: “The elite haven’t got any great allegiance to Isabel but see this as a litmus test for what might happen to them. The pressure could mount for Lourenço to take on other people – there’s a big concern there.”

A senior official tells us a clear plan is needed. “What are we going to do with this endeavour – you call out a few names, recoup a bit of money, but what do you do next?”

“This will make the difference between being trapped in a cycle or really setting the country off in a different direction,” concluded the official. Yet few are betting that Angola that will break the cycle this year against the backdrop of the global pandemic – even if fast changing conditions force the government to take some radical economic decisions this year.

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Rép. du Congo

Denis Christel Sassou-Nguesso a été mis en examen par la justice française

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23.01.2020
Subsaharan Africa

Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI)

Bleak picture of inaction against corruption


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22.01.2020
Elfenbeinküste

Eine Stadt wie ein Freilichtmuseum des Grössenwahnsinns

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20.01.2020
Angola

"Luanda Leaks"

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20.01.2020
Angola

Deutsches Geld für reichste Frau Afrikas

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16.01.2020
Angola

Africa’s top billionaire uses Malta shell companies to hold diamonds ‘conflict’

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19.12.2019
Guinée équatoriale

« Biens mal acquis » : les « facilitateurs » français dans le viseur de la justice

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17.12.2019
Angola

Angola recovers more than $5bn in stolen assets

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15.12.2019
Zimbabwe

L’épouse du vice-président arrêtée pour corruption


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09.12.2019
Angola

José Filomeno dos Santos: Son of Angola's ex-leader in 'extraordinary' trial

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14.11.2019
Swasiland

König von Swasiland kauft 19 Rolls-Royce und 120 BMW, während sein Volk hungert

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01.10.2019
Kenya

«Die Korruption ist gewissermassen in unserem Staatsbudget enthalten»

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23.09.2019
Simbabwe

Mugabes Witwe darf angehäufte Reichtümer behalten

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22.09.2019
Republik Kongo

Sassou-Nguessos Krokodillederschuhe

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17.08.2019
Afrika

Diäten

Gut gepolstert: Abgeordnete in Afrika


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14.08.2019
Ghana

A corruption scandal is in the news in Ghana again

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05.08.2019
Ghana

Lessons to be learnt from Ghana’s excess electricity shambles

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01.08.2019
Mali

« le système est infesté par la corruption »


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07.07.2019
Gabon

L’entreprise Santullo réclame un demi-milliard d’euros de factures impayés à l’État gabonais

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10.06.2019
Afrika

Der Griff in die Staatskasse

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08.06.2019
Äquatorialguinea

Ärger für Diktatorensohn Prinz Protz

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09.05.2019
Gabon

Disparition de 353 conteneurs de bois précieux

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24.04.2019
Ghana

Mahama’s Minister Bypassed Parliament In Reviewing $200m Housing Deal

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20.04.2019
Sudan

Sudan crisis: Cash hoard found at al-Bashir's home

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28.03.2019
Gambia

Jammeh ‘ran the country like an organised crime syndicate’

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21.03.2019
South Sudan

South Sudan spends millions on cars, homes instead of peace

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05.03.2019
Liberia

Ex-Liberian president's son charged over missing money scandal

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05.02.2019
Südafrika

Erschreckende Einblicke in die Korruption in Südafrika

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01.02.2019
Nigeria

Nigeria: 22 millions de barils de pétrole volés en six mois

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29.01.2019
Mosambik

Wenn 500 Millionen Dollar einfach verschwinden

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28.01.2019
Liberia

Protesters ask George Weah about missing millions

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11.12.2018
Mozambique

Mozambique busts '30,000 ghost workers'

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05.12.2018
Uganda

Korruption und Flüchtlingshilfe

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26.11.2018
Nigeria

Nigeria could lose $6bn from 'corrupt' oil deal linked to fraud

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25.10.2018
Kamerun

Eine Villa als Lohn der Lüge

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15.10.2018
Südafrika

In Südafrika plündern Manager und Politiker die VBS Bank aus / 130 Millionen Euro Schaden.

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26.09.2018
Angola

L'arrestation du fils de dos Santos

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20.09.2018
Liberia

100 Millionen Dollar verschwunden

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18.09.2018
Zambia

UK suspends funding over corruption fears

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25.08.2018
Mosambik

Die Pleitegeier aus Maputo

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14.08.2018
Cameroon

Cameroon Calls on Mercury for Media Relations Work

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26.07.2018
Süd-Sudan

South Sudan spends $16m on cars for MPs

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11.06.2018
Kenya

National Youth Service scam

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26.05.2018
Westafrika

West Africa Leaks: Westafrikas verschwundene Steuergelder

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19.05.2018
NIgeria

Rückführung von veruntreutem Staatsvermögen

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04.04.2018
Niger

Un échangeur pour 42,5 milliards FCFA (= 64 Mio. Euro)

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24.03.2018
Zimbabwe

Police investigate former first lady Grace Mugabe

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18.02.2018
Cameroon

Cameroon’s president, Paul Biya, likes to travel abroad.

(mehr)

12.11.2017
Afrika

Paradise Papers

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05.11.2017
Afrika

Rotes Kreuz in Afrika veruntreut sechs Millionen Dollar

(mehr)

27.10.2017
Guinée équatoriale

Teodorín Obiang condamné à trois ans de prison

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27.10.2017
Equatorial Guinea

President Obiang's son given suspended sentence in French trial


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25.10.2017
Afrika

Plündern als Prinzip

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17.10.2017
Afrika

Panama Papers

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27.09.2017
Afrika

Abgeordneten-Gehälter – Berlin bescheidener als Afrika

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17.09.2017
Kenya

le juge David Maraga retourne 5 millions de dollars

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12.09.2017
Sénégal

Président nomme son frère Aliou à la tête de la Caisse des dépôts

(mehr)

28.08.2017
Nigeria

Nigeria seizes N7.6b from Diezani Alison-Madueke

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26.08.2017
Guinea

Illegale Zahlungen an Guineas Militärjunta

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19.08.2017
Angola

Angola – im Reich einer Clique

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14.08.2017
Kenia

Portrait Uhuru Kenyatta

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21.07.2017
Republic of Congo

$750 million in mining revenues fails to reach treasury

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27.06.2017
Nigeria

'mystery man' Kolawole 'Kola' Aluko

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27.06.2017
Angola

le parachute doré du président José Eduardo dos Santos


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27.06.2017
Niger

LE PRÉSIDENT MILLIARDAIRE DU NIGER

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26.06.2017
Congo

President’s daughter charged with corruption in France

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20.06.2017
Äquatorialguinea

Der korrupte Präsidentensohn

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03.06.2017
Canada

Des palais africains aux condos québécois

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28.04.2017
Tansania

Präsident entlässt Tausende Beamte - wegen gefälschter Abschlüsse

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13.04.2017
Nigeria

Nigeria's EFCC 'finds $43m in Lagos flat'

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23.01.2017
Gambia

Gambia's former leader Yahya Jammeh 'made off with millions and luxury cars'

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07.01.2017
Äquatorialguinea

Eine Pest namens Korruption

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28.12.2016
Nigeria

Nigeria streicht Zehntausenden „Geisterbeamten“ das Gehalt

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03.11.2016
Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea's VP Obiang's cars seized in Switzerland

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06.10.2016
Afrika

Nepotismus

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12.09.2016
South Sudan

Leaders Amass Great Wealth as Nation Suffers, Report Says

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23.08.2016
Malawi

Corruption getting worse

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05.06.2016
NIgeria

„Gestohlene“ 10 Milliarden

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04.06.2016
Nigeria

Nigeria says it has recovered $9.1 billion in stolen money and assets

(mehr)

18.05.2016
Zimbabwe

Missing $15 billion diamond revenue

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25.04.2016
Nigeria

Une locomotive dans l'impasse ?

(mehr)

22.04.2016
Afrika

Biens mal acquis : saisie à Paris et à Nice de propriétés de la famille Bongo

(mehr)

14.04.2016
Afrika

Afrikas Reiche plündern ihren Kontinent (Panama Papers)

(mehr)

13.04.2016
Somalia

Aufbruchstimmung in Mogadiscio

(mehr)

05.04.2016
Afrika

Panama Papers: Diese Afrikaner stehen unter Druck

(mehr)

03.04.2016
Afrika

The Panama Papers

(mehr)

06.10.2015
Ghana

Ghana suspends 7 high court judges over corruption accusations

(mehr)

02.10.2015
Zimbabwe

Vice president’s 287-day hotel stay

(mehr)

12.08.2015
Afrika

Bis zu 482 Prozent Wachstumsrate

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25.06.2015
Tunisia

Widespread Graft Benefited Tunisian Leader’s Family, Study Says

(mehr)

22.06.2015


Wealthy Africans

(mehr)

04.06.2015
Haiti

Die verschwundenen Millionen von Haiti

(mehr)

01.06.2015
Angola

The severe inequality of the Angolan oil boom.

(mehr)

13.05.2015
Benin

Détournement de fonds au Bénin: démission du ministre de l'Energie

(mehr)

22.04.2015
Africa

Super-rich Africans splash out big bucks for luxury London homes

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23.03.2015
Senegal

Senegal's Karim Wade jailed for corruption

(mehr)

23.03.2015
Senegal

Son of Senegal's ex-president Wade sentenced for corruption

(mehr)

17.03.2015
Nigeria

Genfer Justiz will 380 Millionen Dollar an Nigeria zurückgeben


(mehr)

17.03.2015
Nigeria

Switzerland to return Sani Abacha 'loot' to Nigeria

(mehr)

12.03.2015
South Africa

The salaries of the world's heads of state

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11.03.2015
Tunisie

Les biens mal acquis du clan Ben Ali

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14.02.2015
Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Loses Track of Millions in Ebola Funds

(mehr)

06.01.2015
Schweiz

Rekord-Schwarzgeld aus dem Süden

(mehr)

16.12.2014
Developing World

Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries: 2003-2012

(mehr)

16.12.2014
Developing World

Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries: 2003-2012

(mehr)

01.12.2014
Nigeria

Zwölf Milliarden Dollar verschwunden

(mehr)

01.10.2014
Centrafrique

Samba-Panza, dos Santos et les 10 millions de dollars

(mehr)

12.03.2014
Zimbabwe

$16 million for Mugabe family

(mehr)

07.02.2014
Mali

Des indemnités et primes astronomiques pour les députés

(mehr)

31.01.2014
Tanzania

Tanzanian shock at MPs' $98,000 pay-off

(mehr)

24.01.2014
Niger

Disparition de 600 millions d'euros

(mehr)

22.11.2013
South Africa

Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home: South African papers defy photo ban

(mehr)

11.11.2013
Afrika

Korruption in Afrika

(mehr)

03.10.2013
Kongo

Eine Milliarde Euro an europäischen Steuergeldern im Kongo versickert

(mehr)

17.09.2013
Liberia

Liberian president's son quits as head of state oil firm

(mehr)

15.09.2013
Senegal

Karim Wade doit justifier de l'origine de 150 millions d'euros supplémentaires


(mehr)

08.07.2013
Africa

Global Witness's Charmian Gooch at TED Global 2013

(mehr)

14.06.2013
Afrika

Grosse illegale Geldabflüsse

(mehr)

02.06.2013
Libya

Libya asks South Africa to help recover Gaddafi riches

(mehr)

19.05.2013
Niger

La fille d’un dignitaire nigérien interpellée en France avec un milliard de francs CFA

(mehr)

19.05.2013
Afrika

Afrika, Kontinent der Steuerschlupflöcher

(mehr)

01.05.2013
Kenya

New Kenyan lawmakers vote themselves free luxury car perk, worth $60,000

(mehr)

15.04.2013
Senegal

Karim Wade arrested

(mehr)

01.03.2013
Angola

Isabel dos Santos, Angola`s First Billionaire

(mehr)

26.02.2013
NIger

21 fonctionnaires écroués pour détournement de fonds


(mehr)

08.02.2013
Afrika

Wundersame Geldvermehrung

(mehr)

21.12.2012
Uganda

Entwicklungshilfe: Wenn die EU Korruptionshilfe betreibt...


(mehr)

08.12.2012
Afrika

Von den 30 korruptesten Staaten der Welt liegt die Hälfte in Afrika.

(mehr)

28.11.2012
Uganda

‘Give our dollars back, you bad, bad hyena!’ (Opinion)

(mehr)

11.11.2012
Uganda

Nine Corruption Scandals to Look Back At

(mehr)

08.10.2012
Mali

Université de Bamako : Corruption à ciel ouvert

(mehr)

02.10.2012
Südafrika

18,7 Mio. Euro Steuergelder für Zumas Privatdomizil

(mehr)

28.09.2012
Afrika

Afrikas 200 versteckte Milliardäre

(mehr)

01.09.2012
Angola

Auf Öl gebaut

(mehr)

13.07.2012
Guinée équatoriale

Biens mal acquis : mandat d'arrêt contre le fils du président de Guinée équatoriale

(mehr)

15.05.2012
Côte d'Ivoire

Plus de 700 millions FCFA sur un compte bancaire de Laurent Gbagbo


(mehr)

11.05.2012
Niger

Présidents détournent le budget

(mehr)

02.05.2012
Cameroun

Les baskets Sawa font l'audacieux pari du « made in Africa »

(mehr)

29.03.2012
Libye

L'Italie saisit pour 1,1 milliard d'euros de biens de la famille Kadhafi


(mehr)

02.03.2012
Gabon, Rép. du Congo

Comment Sassou-Nguesso et Bongo se seraient enrichis

(mehr)

10.02.2012
Cameroun

Les détournements de fonds publics, au moins 2,8 milliards d'euros


(mehr)

23.01.2012
Tchad

12 MILLIARDS DE FRANCS CFA POUR LE MARIAGE DU PRÉSIDENT DÉBY

(mehr)

29.12.2011
Niger

DECLARATION DES BIENS DES MEMBRES DU GOUVERNEMENT:
OMAR HAMIDOU TCHANA, MINISTRE D'ETAT, MINISTRE DES MINES ET DU DEVELOPPEMENT INDUSTRIEL


(mehr)

02.11.2011
Äquatorialguinea

Kein Bugatti für Afrika

(mehr)

13.09.2011
France

Chirac, Villepin et Le Pen accusés de financements occultes

(mehr)

28.07.2011
Uganda

"Entwicklungshilfe": Russische Kampfjets für Uganda

(mehr)

09.06.2011
France

Biens mal acquis

(mehr)

09.06.2011
France

Biens mal acquis

(mehr)

04.05.2011
Afrika

Potentatengelder

(mehr)

01.05.2011
Afrika

Niebel stellt Promi-Fonds Ultimatum

(mehr)

11.03.2011
Afrika

Die Milliarden der Diktatoren

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07.03.2011
Afrika

Vom Reichtum auf dem Kontinent des Hungers

(mehr)

28.02.2011
Äquatorialguinea

Äquatorialguineas Herrscher lieben den Luxus.

(mehr)

22.02.2011
Guinea

Guinea bankrupted by junta - President Alpha Conde

(mehr)

10.02.2011
Kamerun

Milliarden Euro an Staatsgeldern veruntreut

(mehr)

08.02.2011
Nigeria

Riches Flow Into Nigeria, but Are Lost After Arrival

(mehr)

01.02.2011
Ägypten

Familie Mubarak hat vorgesorgt

(mehr)

24.01.2011
Afrika

Global Fund statement on abuse of funds in some countries

(mehr)

03.01.2011
Elfenbeinküste

Gbagbos schwarze Kassen

(mehr)

30.12.2010
Afrika

Afrikas Despoten können's nicht lassen

(mehr)

29.12.2010
Gabon

Selon WikiLeaks, Omar Bongo aurait détourné des fonds au profit de partis français

(mehr)

21.12.2010
Britannien

Diktatoren bevorzugen London


(mehr)

20.12.2010
Kenya

2,500 to be sacked in Kenyan ministry employment scandal

(mehr)

19.12.2010
Kenya

Graft in education

(mehr)

10.11.2010


Biens mal acquis

(mehr)

06.09.2010
Mali

Important détournement de fonds au ministère de la Santé

(mehr)

08.06.2010
Africa

World Bank and Switzerland Call for Action Against Asset Theft and Corruption

(mehr)

08.06.2010
Africa

About 16.2 billion - 32.4 Euros stolen every year through bribery etc.

(mehr)

03.06.2010
Sénégal

Le Sénégal gaspille toujours

(mehr)

14.05.2010
Liberia

A second term for Sirleaf

(mehr)

12.05.2010
Tanzania

Kikwete's foreign trips gobble billions

(mehr)

25.02.2010
Sénégal

An outsize statue symbolises the defects of the president and his family

(mehr)

10.12.2009
Africa

African Leaders are saboteurs and enemies of progress

(mehr)

03.12.2009
Sénégal

Wade achète un terrain à 14 milliards à New York


(mehr)

29.10.2009
Swasiland etc.

Afrikas gierige Herrscher


(mehr)

27.10.2009
Senegal

Senegal admits IMF 'money gift'

(mehr)

31.08.2009
Sambia

Schwedische Zweifel am Sinn von Entwicklungshilfe

(mehr)

24.08.2009
Zambia

Swedish Minister opens debate on corruption in Zambia

(mehr)

13.02.2009
Afrique

biens mal acquis

(mehr)

09.01.2009
Afrique

biens mal acquis

(mehr)

02.12.2008
Afrique

Biens mal acquis

(mehr)

29.11.2008
Sénégal

Pour rentrer de Paris jeudi et vendredi : Wade loue un avion, Sangomar ramène Viviane

(mehr)

06.08.2008
Swasiland

In Swasiland warten viele nur noch auf den Tod

(mehr)

17.05.2008
Kenia

94 Minister

(mehr)

01.02.2008
Afrique

Avenue Foch, j'achète !

(mehr)

04.10.2007
Niger

Veruntreuung im Heks-Programm in Niger

(mehr)

05.03.2007
Gambia

AIDS - Idiotensichere Methode


(mehr)

26.06.2006
Congo

$81,000 bill at a New York hotel

(mehr)

04.08.2002
Angola

$2bn in oil cash as Angola starves

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Nigeria

Nigeria Retrieves Part of Stolen Billions

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