Former Miss France Sonia Rolland examined in "misappropriated property" case

Former Miss France Sonia Rolland examined in “misappropriated property” case


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The former Miss France has been examined in the so-called “misappropriated property” case for an apartment offered to her by Omar Bongo, a former Gabonese president.

Sonia Rolland, Miss France 2000, is in turmoil. She was arraigned on Monday, May 30, in Paris, for “concealment of misappropriation of public funds”, “corruption” and “abuse of social property” in the case of “misappropriated property”, we information, what Tuesday, May 31, our confreres of the Parisian. Justice accuses him of accepting in 2013 as a gift from Omar Bongo – President of Gabon for more than 40 years and died in 2009 (since his son, Ali, was elected head of the country ) – an apartment in the very chic 16th arrondissement of Paris.

“I didn’t know the Bongo family had acquired so much property in France”

As a reminder, for about ten years, an investigation has been open in France against “badly acquired property”. Luxury real estate that has become the property of African heads of state is suspected of having embezzled much of their respective states’ coffers and taken advantage of a hidden buying system to acquire it. The investigating judge in charge of the case believes that the former Miss Burgundy should have known that her gift apartment had been acquired through an occult financial arrangement.

Already heard in open court by the Central Office for the Suppression of Major Financial Crime (OCRGDF), Sonia Rolland had stated, still according to The Parisian, discover the fraudulent acquisition of the property. “I didn’t know how to finance it and I wasn’t interested in it (…) and I didn’t know that the Bongo family had acquired so many assets in France,” she said.

According to her lawyer, the 40-year-old admits to being “naive”: “My client was 22 years old, she was coming out of a time when she was projected into a universe she didn’t know everything about. She denies any offense.”

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