07 October 2008

French Elite on Trial in $791m Angola arms case

Sale of old Soviet weapons 1993-1998 to President dos Santos to use against Unita. Loads of allegations and lots of individuals named, but sounds awfully like one of those cases in which verdicts prove impossible to reach. With a new round of negotiations coming up over access to Angolan oil, my money would be on a brushing under the carpet. Two central suspects and a cast of about 42 linked in one way or another. Most interesting name against whom allegations are being made is Charles Pasqua, former Minister of the Interior. Second most interesting for UK readers will be Arkady Gaydamak, whose son owns Portsmouth FC. Oh and Mitterand's son is in there too. We shall see, said the old cynic.

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