Corrupt African Presidents: End of impunity?Back to the list
Directors: Magali Serre
Producer: Tournez s'il vous plait
Coproducers: France 3
Language: French & English
Country of Production: France
They are the new nabobs: African oil tycoons spend hundreds of millions of euros to quench their thirst for luxury. Mansions, jewels, high-end cars, there is nothing beyond their reach. But the money they spend is not theirs: they divert oil wealth at the expense of their peoples, who remain in an appalling state of underdevelopment. Brought before the French courts after a complaint from an NGO, some of their personal property has been seized by judges before whom they refuse to appear, but the noose is tightening. An exceptional document consisting of a three-year investigation in France, USA and Africa, with a focus on Théodorin Obiang in Equatorial Guinea and Ali Bongo in Gabon, demonstrates the dubious origin of their wealth, the reality of their lifestyle, the misery of their people.