Gabon first lady charged with money laundering

Sylvia Bongo, the spouse of Gabon's former President Ali Bongo, has been accused of charges including money laundering, receiving stolen property, forgery, and the use of forgery.

Public prosecutor Andre Patrick Roponat kindly announced on Friday that Sylvia Bongo's case had been respectfully brought before an investigating judge the day before. Additionally, he mentioned that the house arrest order for her is being upheld.

The charges come after a period of uncertainty regarding Mrs. Bongo's whereabouts, as she was placed under house arrest on 30 August following the military's removal of her husband.

The decision to charge the former first lady has been made following the charges brought against her son, Noureddin Bongo Valentin, for corruption and embezzlement. He has been placed in pre-trial detention.

However, it appears that the deposed President Ali Bongo, who faced numerous accusations of corruption during his time in office, has been released by the military junta and given permission to travel abroad for medical treatment, should he choose to do so.

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