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Entertainment Corruption: Swiss justice sentences Beny Steinmetz to five years in prison

21:45  22 january  2021
21:45  22 january  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

Israeli magnate faces corruption charges in Geneva over Guinea deals

  Israeli magnate faces corruption charges in Geneva over Guinea deals After a drawn-out international investigation, French-Israeli diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz goes on trial in Geneva Monday over allegations of corruption linked to mining deals in Guinea. The trial, due to open at 9:00 am (0800 GMT) at the Geneva criminal court, will delve into allegations of multi-million-dollar bribes paid to top Guinean officials to win lucrative mining rights. The 64-year-old billionaire businessman, who has travelled from Israel to take part in the two-week trial, denies any wrongdoing."We will plead his innocence," his lawyer Marc Bonnant told AFP.

French-Israeli diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz was sentenced by a Geneva court on Friday to five years behind bars for corruption linked to mining rights deals in Guinea. The court also granted the prosecution's call for Steinmetz to pay 50 million Swiss francs ( million, 46 million euros) in

Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz has been handed a five - year - sentence and CHF50 million fine over suspected corrupt business practices in Guinea. Steinmetz (foreground) entering the Geneva court premises with his lawyer. Keystone / Martial Trezzini. Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz has been

Le magnat des mines Beny Steinmetz à son arrivée au tribunal de Genève, le 22 janvier 2021. © AP - Martial Trezzini The mining magnate Beny Steinmetz upon his arrival at the Geneva court on January 22, 2021.

Swiss justice sentenced this Friday 22 January Franco-Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz to 5 years in prison. The tycoon was found guilty of corruption in the Simandou mine scandal in Guinea.

The Geneva Criminal Court largely followed the requisitions of the public prosecutor's office . A week ago, he called for five years in prison against the mining magnate Beny Steinmetz, accused of having paid millions of dollars in bribes to officials in Guinea. This Friday, the Franco-Israeli billionaire was sentenced to five years in prison and a fine of 50 million Swiss francs.

Beny Steinmetz Lawyer Attacks Prosecutor Over ‘Secret’ Israel Trips

  Beny Steinmetz Lawyer Attacks Prosecutor Over ‘Secret’ Israel Trips Beny Steinmetz’s lawyer went on the offensive in the first day of the Israeli businessman’s trial for bribery, demanding evidence that a prosecutor gathered from “secret” trips to Israel be purged from the indictment. © Bloomberg Beny Steinmetz arrives at Geneva criminal court on Jan. 11. Marc Bonnant blasted Swiss prosecutor Claudio Mascotto for refusing to disclose who he met in Israel in 2017, who covered his costs and why the trips were never disclosed to the court before it was reported in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

Beny Steinmetz . Source: Dag Lars Cramér on behalf of Nornverdandi. A dossier of alleged corruption became the basis for BSGR’s loss of rights. BSGR denied it paid any bribes. In 2014, a Frenchman with ties to Steinmetz and BSG Resources was sentenced to two years in prison for

Beny Steinmetz was found guilty by Switzerland 's criminal court on Friday of paying up to Yves Bertossa, Geneva's chief prosecutor, is seeking a five - year prison term for Steinmetz and 50 Steinmetz denies that he ever paid any money to Toure and his lawyer has said she had no real

The case dates back to the first decade of the 2000s, when the Guinean government of former President Lansana Conté had stripped the Anglo-Australian group Rio Tinto from the exploitation of blocks 1 and 2 of one of the most important deposits of iron to the world in Simandou.

Beny Steinmetz was accused of having set up a financial package through shell companies in order to pay bribes - to the fourth wife of former president Conté, Mamadie Touré, so that Beny Steinmetz Group Resources ( BSGR), in which the diamond dealer has the title of advisor, supplants Rio Tinto.

"Absurd justifications"

At the wording of the verdict, the president of the court swept aside the "absurd justifications" put forward by the defense to camouflage the millions paid by the Steinmetz group to the ex-wife of President Conté, reports our correspondent in Geneva, Jérémie Lanche . These payments had only one goal, she continues: to corrupt the Guinean president. And in response to the argument that Beny Steinmetz is only an adviser to the group that bears his name, the court considers that he is indeed its effective leader.

His two co-defendants, the field man Frederic Cillinsont and the administrator Sandra Merloni Horemans, were sentenced to three and a half years in prison and two years suspended respectively. Beny Steinmetz's lawyers have already announced that they will appeal.

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