VP Teodorin Obiang

 

The US justice department says that $26.6m (£20m) seized from Equatorial Guinea’s Vice-President Teodorin Nguema Obiang Mangue will be spent on #Covid-19 vaccines and other medical programmes in the West African state.

“Wherever possible, kleptocrats will not be allowed to retain the benefits of corruption,” an official said in a statement.

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Obiang was forced to sell a mansion in Malibu, California, a Ferrari and various Michael Jackson memorabilia as part of a settlement he reached with the US authorities in 2014 after being accused of corruption and money-laundering. He denied the charges.

The agreement stated that $10.3m of the money from the sale would be forfeited to the US and the rest would be distributed to a charity or other organisation for the benefit of the people of Equatorial Guinea, the justice department said.

The UN is to receive $19.25m to purchase and administer #Covid-19 vaccines to at least 600,000 people in Equatorial Guinea, while a US-based charity is to get $6.35m for other medical programmes in Equatorial Guinea.