Case of misappropriated property: former Miss France Sonia Rolland under scrutiny

Case of misappropriated property: former Miss France Sonia Rolland under scrutiny


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Former Miss France Sonia Rolland has been examined in the case of misappropriated property. He is blamed for accepting an apartment offered to him in 2003 by the wife of former Gabonese President Omar Bongo. A fraudulently funded property.

Former Miss France Sonia Rolland is in the crosshairs of justice. She was arraigned on Wednesday, June 1, on charges of embezzlement, corruption and misappropriation of social property. At issue: a gift that the The Rwandan-born model received in 2003 from the wife of former Gabonese President Omar Bongo. This gift was an apartment in the 16ᵉ arrondissement of Paris, worth more than 600,000 euros.

The problem is that this house, like other properties of the Bongo family, was allegedly financed by Gabonese public funds. It is the so-called “misappropriated property” case. For the NGO Transparency France, at the origin of the case, Sonia Rolland should have refused this gift. “If you accept a gift when you have reason to suspect that the funding for that gift is not entirely orthodox, you must refuse the gift. Otherwise, you will be prosecuted for concealment. “says William Bourdon, a lawyer for the NGO. Heard by investigators, Sonia Rolland says she ignores this fraudulent source of funding.



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