Guns, dirty money and French elite on trial
Kalashnikov rifles and Soviet-made land mines poured by the planeful into Angola as it fought a civil war. In exchange, Angolan oil flowed to multinational companies. And a pair of savvy negotiators allegedly reaped millions of undeclared dollars in profits.
Their stacks of cash were then doled out to French and Angolan officials given secret code names, in exchange for political and commercial favors, according to the version laid out by French authorities.
(…) Prosecutors allege that corruption in the Angolan arms trading case went to the pinnacle of power in France, starting with a nod from the son of then-President Francois Mitterrand, and growing into a tangle of laundered money and parallel diplomacy that left a stain on France’s relations with Africa and on the country’s reputation in the global arms market.
Jean-Christophe Mitterrand and 41 other defendants feature in the climax of what the French dub “Angolagate.”
Investigators got wind of wrongdoing after an apartment break-in not far from Paris’ Arc de Triomphe in 1997, according to the indictment viewed by The Associated Press.
You’ll see the publicity this gets. Keith Olbermann will open his next program by informing about the Human Rights violations that were committed with those weapons, calling Mitterrand a “fascist, dictator” and asking why his remains are not taken to justice in the Hague. NYT (and The Times) will publish some photos about the victims. And CNN and BBC will air an special program on the “consequences” of this… You bet!!!