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Vol 55 No 13

Published 27th June 2014


The trade-off

The Alpine principality is returning some of Sani Abacha’s loot after the Nigerian government drops charges against his son Mohammed

In what bears the hallmarks of a backroom political deal, Liechtenstein is to return 167 million euros (US$228 mn.) stolen by General Sani Abacha in the 1990s. This follows the decision a day earlier by the Nigerian government to drop criminal charges against his son, Mohammed Sani Abacha, 46. Gen Abacha, military ruler of Nigeria from 1993 until he died in 1998, is reckoned to have stolen over $4 billion from the Nigerian state, much of which has been claimed by his family.

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