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Vol 63 No 2

Published 20th January 2022


A moment of reckoning for the gilded elite

After lengthy anti-corruption investigations, a former first lady, an ex-finance minister and their business allies face trial

When former president Albert René died in 2019, his opponents said it was a pity he never stood trial for corruption. Notoriously ruthless, he ruled the islands as a one-party state after staging a Soviet-backed coup in 1977 until 1992. Then he held multi-party elections and stayed on as an elected leader for another 12 years.

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