The Wall Street Journal‘s “Corruptions Currents” blog is occasionally a useful tool in keeping track of evolving stories of corruption. Not that any of their articles focus on the U.S. political system…
One topic Corruptions Currents has been tracking involves Equatorial Guinea, whose President, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, one of the sources for the dictator of Golongo, Ernest Koliba, in my novel Corruptions. Obiang and his family have been pillaging Guinean government funds for years, and the French and U.S. governments are finally cracking down.
Federal prosecutors argued last week they should be permitted to move forward with their efforts to seize hundreds of millions dollars of assets based in the U.S., including a $38 million jet, belonging to the son of Equatorial Guinea’s president, whom they claim amassed a fortune through theft of his country’s resource wealth.
The Justice Department moved in October to seize a Gulfstream jet, Malibu mansion, and Michael Jackson memorabilia belonging to Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, the son of Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. In court papers filed in Washington, D.C., and California federal district courts, prosecutors alleged broad and systemic corruption by both father and son.
According to ABC News, the Michael Jackson memorabilia includes the “white crystal-encrusted glove” from Jackson’s “Bad Tour.” I suppose when you steal that much money from your tiny, impoverished country, there’s not really that much you can spend it on other than meaningless crap.