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Media release: ill-gotten gains of Mobutu Clan in Switzerland

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Today, 14 July 2009, the Appeals Chamber of the Swiss Federal Criminal Court has announced that it sees no reason to make use of its supervisory powers over the Swiss Federal Attorneys Office: Without further substantive explanation, the Court is satisfied that the Attorney General had good reasons to close a Swiss procedure to forfeit the funds in Switzerland.

I am obviously disappointed that my citizens-appeal has not been successful. Thereby the last chance to forfeit and repatriate the funds stolen by the Mobutu Clan has been lost. For the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRS), for the financial centre Switzerland and for all those interested in the recovery of stolen assets this is an unfortunate set-back.

In order to allow journalists and the wider public to understand our position better I am publishing the following documents:



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