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Canada Guinea: a complaint for corruption targets a relative of President Condé in France

15:25  02 august  2020
15:25  02 august  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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The French NGO Sherpa announced on Friday July 31 that it had filed a complaint with the National Financial Prosecutor's Office for corruption, among other things, against a former French official close to Guinean President Alpha Condé and his activities in Guinea. The anti-corruption association suspects him of having received several million euros under a mining concession permit involving the Anglo-Australian company Rio Tinto.

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Sherpa filed a complaint against x, but implicates François de Combret. This consultant, a former French investment banker, was then also an advisor to the Guinean president Alpha Condé , had revealed the online news site Mediapart, which had exploded the case in 2016 .

Sherpa's complaint calls for an investigation to be carried out in France with a view to prosecuting any person who participated in the commission of the facts denounced.

"Even if these facts took place abroad, they potentially involve a French actor in the person of Mr. François de Combret", explains to RFI Vincent Brengarth, lawyer for the Sherpa association. “He is a former referendum advisor at the Court of Auditors. So not only did he have a role with French diplomacy, but we also know that he acted as counsel to Mr. Alpha Condé ", he adds.

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Shortly after the revelation of Mediapart, in 2016, the group announced the sacking of two of its executives as part of an internal investigation into this payment and informed US, UK and Australian regulators. Rio Tinto had explained the opening of this internal investigation by the discovery of emails dating from 2011 and relating to payments "made for the benefit of a consultant who offered his advice" for the project.

As early as 2O17, the British Serious Fraud Office (SFO) opened an investigation into this questionable transaction.

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