Equatorial Guinea's Vice President sentenced to 3 years in France

The Paris judge found that he had plundered his country's oil wealth to buy luxuries, including a private jet and Michael Jackson memorabilia.

Mr. Obiang has been found guilty of corruption and sentenced to a three-year suspended jail term by a French court.

The 48-year-old known for his lavish tastes was tried in absentia.

The son of Equatorial Guinea's President was on trial in France for splurging on a Parisian mansion, a private jet and a fleet of luxury cars using tens of millions of dollars he allegedly looted from his country.

He was also given a suspended fine of 30 million euros (35 million dollars) by judges for embezzlement, money laundering, corruption and abuse of trust.

The Paris judge found that the Vice president of oil rich E Guinea had used his position as agriculture and forestry minister to siphon off payments from timber firms who were exporting from Equatorial Guinea.

As a result, his assets in France will now be seized, including a mansion on Avenue Foch in Paris.

In November, Swiss prosecutors seized 11 luxury cars belonging to Mr Obiang.

They said he had plundered his country's oil wealth to buy luxuries, including a private jet and Michael Jackson memorabilia.

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