Court wants African leaders probed

2010-11-10 08:40

Paris - France's highest appeals court has authorised a contested probe into the assets in France of three African heads of state.

Transparency International, a group that tracks corruption, accuses the leaders of laundering some of their nations' riches through purchases of homes, cars and other belongings in France.

Based on the group's complaints, a French judge had been seeking to investigate Gabon's late leader Omar Bongo, the Republic of Congo's President Denis Sassou-Nguesso and President Teodoro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea.

An appeals court ruled earlier this year that the probe could not go forward because there was not enough evidence of wrongdoing.

On Tuesday, the Court of Cassation ordered the investigation to go forward.