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Immunity for arms suspect

Jon Henley in Paris
Tuesday September 23, 2003
The Guardian

A key suspect in a French corruption case was confirmed yesterday as Luanda's ambassador to Unesco, securing him an Angolan diplomatic passport and immunity from prosecution. The appointment allows the suspect, Pierre Falcone, who is at the centre of an arms trafficking scandal, to travel freely despite a judicial ban on leaving France.

The foreign ministry said it was powerless to stop the "regrettable" appointment.

The scandal has seen Jean-Christophe Mitterrand, son of the late president, jailed on suspicion of arms trafficking and money laundering before being given bail. He remains under formal investigation - one step short of being charged.

The investigating magistrates are looking into the illicit sale of 350m of Russian arms to Angola in 1993-94. A lawyer for Mr Falcone said his client did not intend to dodge French justice and "would of course obey all summonses from the judges".



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I believe your outrage is misplaced - it should be aimed at Angola, not France.

Also, I think you've just hit your cut'n'paste quota for today...and maybe for the week. ;-)



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    Originally posted by CRZ
    Also, I think you've just hit your cut'n'paste quota for today...and maybe for the week. ;-)

Can't be for the week: I didn't go to work yesterday

Incidentally, I think you may be right on the Angolan blame.



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