FBI Set To Fish Out And Punish Looters In African Government Who Flee To Us To Hide

Published 2 years ago by: kacy lee
at 06:53 PM, 27/08/2017 (2 years ago)

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The United States of America has sent a strong warning to corrupt African political office holders.

US said those who enrich themselves at the expense of their poor people would no longer go scot-free.

The warning was given by US Department of Justice after a New York court after it jailed Mahmoud Thiam.

Thiam, a former Minister of Mines and Geology of Guinea, was jailed seven years for laundering bribes paid to him by executives of China Sonangol International Ltd. (China Sonangol) and China International Fund, SA (CIF).

Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Blanco of the Department of Justice Criminal Division said in a statement that the sentence sends a strong message to corrupt individuals like Thiam.

“Mahmoud Thiam engaged in a corrupt scheme to benefit himself at the expense of the people of Guinea,” said Blanco.

“Corruption is a cancer on society that destabilises institutions, inhibits fair and free competition, and imposes significant burdens on ordinary law-abiding people just trying to live their everyday lives.

“Today’s sentence shows that if you send your crime proceeds to New York, whether from drug dealing, tax evasion or international bribery, you may very well find yourself at the front end of long federal prison term.”

Thiam’s sentencing by U.S. District Judge Denise L. Cote of the Southern District of New York was announced by Blanco Kim, Assistant Director Stephen E. Richardson of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division and Assistant Director in Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. of the FBI’s New York Field Office.

Thiam was convicted on May 3, after a seven-day trial of one count of transacting in criminally derived property and one count of money laundering.

“As a unanimous jury found at trial, Thiam abused his position as Guinea’s Minister of Mines to take millions in bribes from a Chinese conglomerate, and then launder that money through the American financial system,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Kim.

“Enriching himself at the expense of one Africa’s poorest countries, Thiam used some of the Chinese bribe money to pay his children’s Manhattan private school tuition and to buy a $3.75 million estate in Dutchess County”, Kim added.

“Thiam abused his official position, but the outcome shows that no one is above the law,” said Assistant Director Stephen E. Richardson.

“The FBI will not stand by while individuals attempt to live by their own rules and use the United States as a safe haven for their ill-gotten gains. I would like to applaud the dedicated investigators and prosecutors who have worked to hold those who have committed these crimes accountable for their illegal actions.”

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pricklong at 07:05 PM, 27/08/2017 (2 years ago)
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FBIi should be fast to enter into nigeria  and fish out those bad politicians with our money
Deltaboy1 at 08:43 PM, 27/08/2017 (2 years ago)
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Thank God
mjyabah2 at 10:36 PM, 27/08/2017 (2 years ago)
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They have the list of Nigerian looters already, what are they waiting for? Please arrest them immediately and help us recoup the monies. Nigerians are really suffering in the hands of polithiefians.
Floyd29 at 10:57 PM, 27/08/2017 (2 years ago)
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Pls they should come and fish the once in Switzerland too
benosky4 at 11:48 PM, 27/08/2017 (2 years ago)
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When they catch our politicians they shouldn't let them come back home for judgement cos our Judiciary is corrupt as well.

ficull at 03:50 AM, 28/08/2017 (2 years ago)
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Don't be deceived,  it's never gonna happen.
See, the destabilization of Africa is the stabilization of the USA. As long as Africa is made weak, she is vulnerable for exploitation by the West.
The West will NEVER allow Africa to be fully independent,  else, she becomes strong and challenges the West.
Upbendel at 03:57 AM, 28/08/2017 (2 years ago)
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America should keep the already looted fund from Africa and stop Their Banks,citizens. cooperate bodies from receiving future funds PERIOD.

livingstone80 at 06:12 AM, 28/08/2017 (2 years ago)
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I love this news please both past and present evil government of nigeria!
Tchukss at 08:49 AM, 28/08/2017 (2 years ago)
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African looters are experts when it comes to stealing public funds...(they all have Masters degree when it comes to enriching themselves) ....it's not going to be a suprise if the FBI agents denies ever publication this news
kima77same at 08:38 PM, 28/08/2017 (2 years ago)
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ruthie at 09:57 AM, 30/08/2017 (2 years ago)
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if it is true...good move!


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