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US News Mine tycoon Beny Steinmetz sentenced to 5 years in prison for corruption of agents in Guinea

15:43  26 january  2021
15:43  26 january  2021 Source:   francetvinfo.fr

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Beny Steinmetz was sentenced to a five - year jail term after being convicted of corruption charges involving mining deals in Guinea .Credit Stefan Wermuth/Agence Mr. Steinmetz , one of the richest people in Israel, was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay a .5 million fine.

Five years in prison and 50 million Swiss francs (46 million euros) in compensatory claims (a form The Franco-Israeli businessman was sentenced , after six days of court, for “Bribery of foreign public And Guinea , for Steinmetz , was a «closed box», a black box, until the end of 2007: “I was not asked

The Franco-Israeli businessman and two other defendants were convicted in an unprecedented trial in Geneva.

  Le magnat des mines Beny Steinmetz condamné à 5 ans de prison pour corruption d’agents en Guinée © Provided by Franceinfo

Seven years after the opening of the investigation, a Swiss court of first instance sentenced, on January 22, 2021, the Franco-Israeli magnate Beny Steinmetz to five years in prison for bribery of public officials in a mining licensing case in Guinea Conakry.

An unprecedented trial

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Israeli mining tycoon Beny Steinmetz is making a dramatic return to Guinea after the billionaire ended a Mick Davis to start developing iron ore mine in Guinea . Beny Steinmetz . BSGR entered administration a year ago to protect itself from the outcome of litigation and arbitration it was A lurid dossier of alleged corruption against Steinmetz became the basis for BSGR’s loss of rights in 2012.

A Swiss court sentenced Israeli businessman and diamond trader Beny Steinmetz to five years in jail on Friday on charges of corruption and forgery. Steinmetz and two others were accused of paying bribes to acquire mining rights for the iron ore buried beneath Guinea 's remote Simandou mountains

This verdict comes after a long international investigation which mobilized for seven years police officers, private detectives and lawyers, according to Public Eye which denounces the injustices having their origin in Switzerland. For the Swiss NGO, this affair is a "real dive into the mechanisms of international corruption, with Guinea as a backdrop".

Bribes in millions of dollars

Corruption is linked to the exploitation of the Simandou mine (south-east) at the end of the 2000s. Shortly before the death of former Guinean president Lansana Conté, Beny Steinmetz's group had obtained the mining rights to the detriment of the Anglo-Australian group Rio Tinto. The businessman was accused of having paid nearly 10 million dollars (8.2 million euros) in bribes to Mamadie Touré, fourth wife of the former dictator, in exchange for these concessions .

Beny Steinmetz continues to deny the facts and speaks of an "unfair" verdict. The mining magnate appealed against this unprecedented decision in Switzerland. The billionaire has already been convicted in Romania, in absentia to five years in prison in another corruption case.

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