Gabonese President Ali Bongo quoted in “Pandora

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Among the more than 330 personalities listed in the “Pandora Magazines”, these documents on the use of offshore companies in tax havens, is Gabon’s President Ali Bongo in particular. The latter would have been the recipient of two now dissolved companies.

According to the consortium, Cresthill Worldwide Limited was registered on 30 March 2007 in the British Virgin Islands. A second company, Gazeebo Investment Limited, was registered ten months later, on January 29, 2008, by another specialized company.

Companies no longer active At the time, Ali Bongo was his father’s defense minister, to whom he succeeded in 2009. Chief of Staff, former minister and current deputy for Franceville Jean-Pierre Oyiba, and with Franco-Gabonese Claude Sezalory, lifelong activist for PDG, governing party and first husband of the current first lady Sylvia Bongo Ondimba. These two companies are no longer active and have been removed from the British Virgin Islands register.

For the president of Tournons la Page International, Marc Ona Essangui, these accusations are a reminder that Ali Bongo “was never sincere in his speeches against corruption. […] He and his immediate entourage have been sucking away the treasury for more than 50 years. Gabon’s presidency, for its part, did not want to comment on the consortium’s claims.

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