It is a slap in the face for both French businessman Vincent Bolloré and the French financial crimes prosecution unit the Parquet National Financier (PNF). On Friday February 26th a court in Paris refused to approve a plea bargain agreement that had been thrashed out between the billionaire and prosecutors at the PNF. The deal had been intended to bring an end to a judicial investigation opened back in 2012 into Bolloré's alleged corruption of two African presidents in exchange for extending the businessman's concession at the port of Lomé in Togo in West Africa.
Since January 7, 2023 our colleague and friend Mortaza Behboudi has been imprisoned in Afghanistan, in the Taliban prisons.
We do not forget him and call for his release.