Son of ex-dictator due in court over stolen funds

The son of former Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha is to appear in court on Monday in Geneva for plundering his country’s accounts while his father was in power.

This content was published on May 9, 2010 - 19:09

Abba Abacha, 41, was convicted of involvement in a criminal organisation and received a suspended sentence. He was also ordered to pay $350 million (SFr388 million), which was collected with help from Luxembourg and the Bahamas.

Abacha has appealed that ruling and on Monday will go before a police court in Geneva, as Swiss law requires.

Between 1993-1998 Sani Abacha is believed to have siphoned off $2.2 billion from public coffers. He died in 1998.

In 1999, Nigerian authorities asked Swiss justice officials for help in repatriating some of the money that had ended up in Swiss accounts.

The Swiss then blocked some $700 million of it before giving it back to Nigeria in installments, according to an accord both countries had signed. and agencies

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