Corruption and embezzlement
Corruption is the perversion of a decision-making process with the aim of obtaining undue advantages for the briber through the complicity of certain unscrupulous political decision-makers. It undermines the fundamental principles of good government, the equal access of citizens to markets, jobs and public services on the basis of merit and capacity. It blurs the notion of general interest, fuels mistrust of governments and diverts wealth that should normally benefit to the people. Sherpa brings to light before the courts the most serious situations in which private interests take precedence over the general interest by filing a complaint with the French justice system. Sherpa tracks down assets acquired fraudulently thanks to wealth misappropriated from the looted population and launches litigation in order to return them to the true victims of corruption.
Sherpa filed the first complaints filed as early as 2007 in the so-called BMA cases, which concern suspicions of embezzlement of public funds by members of ruling families in Gabon, Congo and Equatorial Guinea, which were dismissed before being relaunched by Transparency International France. Sherpa’s contentious saga of ill-gotten gains now extends from Canada and the Djiboutian President’s relatives to Uzbekistan and Syria concerning the assets in France of Rifaat Al-Assad, the Syrian President’s uncle.