Global Witness on 6th August carried reports saying that Denis Christel Sassou-Nguesso, the son of Republic of Congo’s President, apparently stole over $50 million from the Congolese treasury to fund his luxurious lifestyle. The money was funnelled through 6 European countries, the US and the BVI, Global Witness reveals in a new investigation. It also says that a key role was played by José Veiga, a controversial businessman who is the target of a Portuguese probe into corruption and money laundering in Congo. The reports claim, amongst other things, that $70 million of Congolese public funds through a network of at least 10 shell companies set up in Cyprus, Estonia and Spain, and the money was spent in Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and UK, according to a police report.
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