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SON OF RUTHLESS DICTATOR OBIANG WILL HAVE TO FIND SOMEWHERE OTHER THAN PARIS FOR VACATION AFTER HOME SEIZED
August 4 2012
Paris, France – in truth, the battles that have rocked nations like Tunisia, Egypt, and Syria are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to toppling dictatorships around the world. It could be argued that those places, set with relatively strong economies and ambitions to join the rest of the world, are where western nations were a few hundred years ago, a kind of rebellious teen phase of nations.
The demise of those regimes, at least in Tunisia and Egypt, speaks well for the people of those countries but are not and cannot be considered the end of dictatorships around the world. They are not a sea change, as Syria has proven, merely a ripple in the water.
Throughout much of the world dictators still rule countries. In fact the majority of the countries in the world are run by either corrupt leaders or just flat-out mad men. Equatorial Guinea is one of those countries, one that boasts one of the worst of the bunch, Teodoro Obiang whose exploits tend to fly under the public radar, but are extreme even for dictators. Now the world is fighting back, or at least France is, seizing a 100 million euro estate from the dictator’s son, Teodorin, which of course means the family will have to vacation elsewhere this year.
“Mr Obiang has judicial immunity as he is the vice-president of Equatorial Guinea and therefore could not attend the summons,” said a lawyer for Obiang who is being sought by a French court on money laundering charges.
The house was seized as a result of those charges. Officials believe it was acquired with those illicit funds.
His father has not been indicted on any charges despite widespread corruption, money laundering, and murder that everyone knows about.
“This seizure will certainly be upsetting for the Obiang family. From the sounds of it – six storeys, right in downtown Paris – it has to be great place but I guess all good things come to an end. I guess they will have to consider one of their many other multi-million dollar homes around the world for the vacation this year,” said Scrape TV International analyst Gustav Hander. “I mean they have those properties all over the world including the most expensive property in Malibu so they, either father or son, will have plenty of options as to where to vacation since they are so clearly not welcome in France.”
Obiang senior is reportedly worth at least $600 million and has overseas cash, much of it in the United States, upwards of a billion dollars which makes it likely he will be just fine.
“It’s pretty cool that France decided to do this but if the desire there was to pressure Obiang or his father obviously it isn’t going to work. I can only imagine what that place would be like, how beautiful it would be, but when you are that wealthy you can’t get fixated on one place when you have so many others to visit,” continued Hander. “I’m sure the Obiang family getaway won’t really be obstructed by this move. Heck, clearly they weren’t welcome in France anyway so maybe it’s for the best.”
Obiang junior is apparently on vacation somewhere as he usually is.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent