UK sanctions son of leader of Equatorial Guinea who bought Michael Jackson’s “Bad” glove
LONDON, July 22 (Reuters) – The UK on Thursday sanctioned the son of the President of Equatorial Guinea for embezzling millions of dollars that London said was spent on luxury mansions, private jets and a $ 275,000 that Michael Jackson wore on the “Bad” tour.
Foreign Minister Dominic Raab announced new sanctions against Teodoro Obiang Mangue, vice-president of Equatorial Guinea, for his embezzlement of public funds.
Britain said Obiang had participated in “corrupt contractual arrangements and solicited bribes, to finance a lavish lifestyle incompatible with his official salary as a government minister.”
Britain said it bought a $ 100 million mansion in Paris, a $ 38 million private jet, a luxury yacht, dozens of luxury vehicles including Ferraris, Bentleys and Aston Martin.
The British Foreign Office said it had also purchased “a collection of Michael Jackson memorabilia, including a $ 275,000 crystal-covered glove Jackson wore on his ‘Bad’ tour.”
Britain has sanctioned four other people – Kudakwashe Regimond Tagwirei from Zimbabwe, Alex Nain Saab Morán and Alvaro Enrique Pulido Vargas from Venezuela and Nawfal Hammadi Al-Sultan from Iraq.
Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Kate Holton
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