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Vol 38 No 20

Published 10th October 1997


Ill-gotten gains

Mali's diplomats are congratulating themselves. Swiss banks will repay just over 1.5 billion CFA francs (US$ 2.7million) from accounts held by Boubacar Dembélé, ex-head of the cigarette parastatal Société Nationale des Tabacs et Allumettes du Mali. Dembélé was convicted of major fraud in 1995, escaped from Bamako's central prison and was recently extradited from Senegal.

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