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11 Supercars of Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo Seized by French Police

Today 11 Supercars that belonged to Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, president of Equatorial Guinea, have been seized in Paris by the French National Police. Among the cars seized by the French police were two Bugatti Veyrons, a Maserati MC12, a Porsche Carrera GT, a Ferrari Enzo and a Ferrari 599 GTO. The supercars were seized at Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo’s Parisian residence at 42 Avenue Foch, just a stones throw away from the Arc de Triomphe.
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The reason why the 11 cars including two Bugattis, Ferraris and Bentleys with a total value of over 5 million dollars were seized by the French National Police are unclear but it could have something to do with wide spread investigations into the Equatorial Guinean president and in particular the use of state funds to buy private property in France.
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Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo is currently the longest ruling leader in Africa and also Chairman of the African Union. In November 2010, the Supreme Court of France accepted the appointment of an investigating judge and the opening of a judicial inquiry into claims that the President has used state funds to purchase private property in France. Equatorial Guinea is rich in oil but despite its rising revenues from oil, poverty in the country is still widespread and credible allegations of high-level corruption, including by Obiang and his eldest son, are the subject of judiciary investigations around the world. His son is the owner of one of the most expensive houses in Malibu, California at 3620 Sweetwater Road.

Our friend Alex Smolik shot the above video of a Maserati MC12 being loaded onto the police truck. Also on the truck were an Aston Martin V8 V600 LM and a Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupe. While in the background of the video you can spot a yellow Porsche Carrera GT that was also awaiting pick-up by the French police. What will happen to the supercars is unclear at the moment but there’s a good chance they will be auctioned by the French government.

[Photos via Pa Le and Alex Smolik]

Published: September 29, 2011 1:04 am

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  • Afr1can Guy

    Western hypocrisy at its best.

  • Mocca

    Taking his property without due process such a fair court hearing is another form of corruption. Whereas the man needs to be prosecuted ..his property is his until proved otherwise.

  • Africawillrise

    OK, to Mr. Crazy, first of all, don’t call those leaders monkeys as it makes you look racist (or if you’re African, it makes you look like just a cyinic that does not believe Africa will rise smtym). And don’t think all the countries in Africa are like that. I’m Rdan, and our growth rate is better than most of the countries in the world. We r currently having issues with Congo, but you’ll see that it’ll b resolved soon, and we’ll live peacefully with each other (or we’ll strive to reach that).
    Dickson, how do I agree with you! I am wondering if that money is going to the people of Guinea or going to be invested into evil plans to create even more trouble for them. Europeans know that most of the African leaders put their money in their banks, so it’s not very hard to give back money to people, but I don’t think they do.
    GIVE BACK THAT MONEY OR LEAVE THAT GUY ALONE!
    God bless Africa.

  • http://www.mrkabat.com حراج سيارات

    This is so difficult to watch. Can I just have one of those cars? I don’t even want the Bughatti. A Ferrari will do just fine…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XKTKNQGW3TZAOYZ7ZMDKOVQASU Crazy

    They will not, African countries will always simmer just below, or actually within the bounds of low grade civil wars, until they learn to plan their population needs and create a proper health care regime which is something they cannot do without the structures of philosophical modernity like a proper taxing authority, a mandatory elementary education curriculum, and finally Law & Order, until then the tribal hunter-gatherer mentality will rule… Plus, there is always some illiterate genius with a gold-tooth, & earring a Gun & a Gang who can decide on a Saturday night that on Monday morning he and his boys will overthrow the current regime THEN Do so running the country into the dirt. There’s no hope for that place.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XKTKNQGW3TZAOYZ7ZMDKOVQASU Crazy

    Monkeys… Monkey’s are animals that seek only their own survival all the people be damned. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo is a Monkey stealing the Nations wealth for his personal use. He gives comfortable salaries to those he has chosen to run things for him to secure his criminal oil syndicate. This thief is much worse than the Cocaine Kingpins from Colombia of the 1980’s because in the first place an economy cannot be based solely on the trade of Cocaine with the Laws on Countries books against it’s use around the world, but that is NOT the case with Petroleum. Petroleum and it’s by products can easily prop up a country’s economy and for a Tin-Pot Dictator to steal the valuable Mineral Rights that could feed, clothe, house & educate the population makes a man like this No better than Khadafi, Charles Taylor, Mugabe or any other thief of a Country’s DREAMS! These men are Monkeys!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ID2FAX2SN6DF5NOP4BLD73Q6VI Dickson

    Don’t just seize them, repatriate the cash back to Africa, or leave him alone.