Monday, April 22, 2013 1:15 pm
US bid to seize jet from African official denied
By FREDERIC J. FROMMERAssociated Press
The Justice Department had alleged that Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue (MAN-gay) bought the jet with money derived from extortion, misappropriation, theft and embezzlement. But U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras ruled Friday that the government did not link the jet to any specific illicit acts, and dismissed the civil forfeiture complaint.
Nguema, an Equatorial Guinea government minister, is the son of that nation's president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, who has frequently been accused of human rights abuses and corruption.