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EXCLUSIVE – Inside the Swiss charges against Steinmetz

Aside from Steinmetz himself – a 64-year-old Israeli who built his fortune on his family's diamond-trading business – Bertossa and fellow prosecutor Caroline Babel Casutt had two other defendants in their sights: Frenchman Frédéric Cilins a middleman who has already served a two-year sentence in the United States for obstruction of justice; and Sandra Merloni Horemans of Belgium who worked as a company administrator for Steinmetz and his father before him since 1989 (AC Vol 55 No 8 Beny fights on)...

Gobain was controlled by BSGR's fixer Frédéric Cilins according to the prosecution which has filed email correspondence as evidence...

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Thiam verdict makes waves

His one-time agent Frédéric Cilins was convicted of interfering in a US government investigation after he admitted trying to bribe Mamadie Conté née Touré widow of the Guinean dictator Lansana Conté to get her to deny that Steinmetz's company BSGR had been in touch with her (AC Vol 55 No 8 Beny fights on)...


Rio quits Simandou

BSGR's involvement was short-lived after a United States' grand jury began looking at whether bribes had been paid by Frédéric Cilins who had links to BSGR to a wife of Conté...


Swiss probe in Conakry

Former BSGR agent Frédéric Cilins served two years in a United States' gaol for interfering with a US grand jury investigation into allegations of mining rights fraud by BSGR in Guinea...


A dream deferred

His former associate Frenchman Frédéric Cilins was released from prison in February at the end of a 24-month sentence for interfering in a US investigation under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act into BSGR's acquisition of Simandou North (AC Vol 55 No 8 Beny fights on)...


Rio's grand suit

Rio says Steinmetz and BSGR have had their sights on Simandou since 2005 when Frédéric Cilins stayed at the Conakry Novotel and 'surreptitiously obtained' all the hotel's fax traffic thus learning of Rio's interest in Simandou...


Beny fights on

On 9 April the government published transcripts of telephone conversations between Mamadie Conté ex-wife of the late President Lansana Conté and Frédéric Cilins a lobbyist for BSGR...


Condé tests Steinmetz

The second piece of bad news for Steinmetz was that Frédéric Cilins a lobbyist for BSGR in Guinea pleaded guilty last month in New York to obstructing a criminal investigation into accusations that payments had been made to Guinean officials to secure mining rights for BSGR...


Reform gives way to politics

The fate of his one-time associate Frédéric Cilins in a New York courtroom could presage what happens in Guinea (AC Vol 54 No 13 Condé takes on Steinmetz)...


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