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.

“Ill-gotten gains”: Rifaat Al Assad, uncle of the Syrian president, convicted in France for laundering to the detriment of the Syrian people

-Press release-en, Corruption and embezzlement, Front page, Laundering, Tax evasion

Paris, 17 June 2020 – The Paris court sentenced Rifaat Al-Assad, uncle of Syrian ruler Bashar Al-Assad, to 4 years in prison in...

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Election of Laura Rousseau to the Board of the UNCAC International Coalition against Corruption

-Press release-en, Advocacy, Corruption and embezzlement, Front page

Paris, June 10, 2020 – Laura Rousseau, head of Sherpa’s “Illicit Financial Flows” programme, has been elected to...

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A missed opportunity : France’s return of Gulnara Karimova’s illegally acquired assets

-Press release-en, Advocacy, Corruption and embezzlement, Front page, Laundering

Paris, May the 20th, 2020 – The NGO’s Transparency International France (TI-F), Sherpa and the Human Rights Association in Central...

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Harsher sentence in appeal for Teodoro Obiang Jr: “France is no longer a welcoming country for the proceeds of laundered and dirty money”

-Press release-en, Corruption and embezzlement, Corruption and embezzlement, Front page

Paris, 10.02.2020 – The Paris Court of Appeal rendered its decision in the trial of Teodoro Obiang Jr, Vice-President of...

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Feedbacks on the Rifaat Al Assad trial, a landmark step against ill-gotten gains

Corruption and embezzlement, Laundering, Sherpa in the media

Prosecution against Rifaat Al Assad started after a complaint filed by Sherpa in 2013 leading to a historic trial making the suppression of...

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Malta Files: call for an investigation to the Attorney General of Malta

-Press release-en, Corruption and embezzlement, Strategic litigation, Tax evasion

Paris, 04/10/2018 –  The French and Maltese Anti-Corruption Organizations Sherpa and Il-Kenniesa request the Attorney General of...

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Panama Papers: Maltese Attorney General should make the Egrant Inquiry Report public

-Press release-en, Advocacy, Corruption and embezzlement, Corruption and embezzlement, Strategic litigation, Tax evasion, Tax evasion

Panama Papers: Maltese Attorney General should make the Egrant Inquiry Report public The French and Maltese anti-corruption organisations,...

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Ill Gotten Gains: complaint in Canada against twenty officials and their relatives from seven African countries

-Press release-en, Corruption and embezzlement, Strategic litigation

Ill Gotten Gains: Sherpa and the Canadian Coalition against Ill Gotten Gains are filing a complaint in Canada against twenty officials and...

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Ill-gotten gains: request for an investigation in Canada.

-Press release-en, Corruption and embezzlement, Strategic litigation

PRESS RELEASE, March 1st, 2018  Ill-gotten gains: Sherpa and the Canadian Coalition against Ill-Gotten Gains collectively request an...

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Ill-Gotten Gains: The Trial of Teodoro Nguema Obiang, Son of the President of Equatorial Guinea, Finally Starts

-Press release-en, Corruption and embezzlement, Strategic litigation

Paris, 19 June 2017 : After ten years of proceedings, the first trial in the « Ill-Gotten Gains » case will start on Monday, 19 June,...

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Ill- gotten gains : Teodoro Obiang has been referred to court

-Press release-en, Corruption and embezzlement, Strategic litigation

Paris, 7th September 2016. The order to refer the son of the Equatorial Guinea President’s Teodoro NGUEMA OBIANG MANGUE to the criminal...

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Ill-Gotten Gains: The Public Prosecutor Requests the Opening of a Trial against Obiang

-Press release-en, Corruption and embezzlement, Strategic litigation

  Paris, 26 May 2016   SHERPA and TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL FRANCE are pleased that the Financial Public Prosecutor has at long last...

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NGOs file a complaint against Vinci Russia for corruption of foreign public officials in Khimki Forest motorway case

-Press release-en, Corruption and embezzlement, Strategic litigation

Paris, Prague 10 May 2016 A complaint filed last week is requesting an investigation into alleged corruption involving French company Vinci...

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