(Ecofin Agency) – According to Transparency, Chad occupies the 160e position in the ranking of the least corrupt countries in the world out of 180. Internally, the oil sector is at the heart of this corruption, with many cases of corruption, embezzlement and money laundering.
On Monday, a federal grand jury announced the indictment of former Chadian ambassador to the United States, Mahamoud Adam Béchir and his deputy, Youssouf Hamid Takane, on charges of corruption and money laundering. The information was relayed by the US State Department of Justice.
He said that between August 2009 and July 2014 when they were stationed, diplomats demanded bribes of $ 2 million from the Canadian company Griffiths Energy, in exchange for help to obtain oil rights in Chad.
The money would then have been laundered in the American financial system. We also learn that interests in the oil company have been transferred to the wives of diplomats and to a third Chadian individual.
Nouracham Bechir Niam, the wife of the former ambassador is also indicted in the case. According to the documents proving the transaction, the latter provided consultancy services to Griffiths Energy.
The director of the company between 2009 and 2011, Naeem Tyab who is a Canadian citizen admitted the facts in 2019 and pleaded guilty, as well as having retained criminal proceeds of approximately $ 27 million. He, like Bashir and Takane, faces up to 20 years in prison, under US law.
The Chadian citizens cited in the case are still at large. Mahamoud Adam Béchir is today Chadian Ambassador to Russia.
It should be remembered that Canada is also pursuing diplomats in connection with this affair. The neighboring country of the United States estimates that the assets collected by diplomats and their accomplices are valued at more than 34 million dollars.
Olivier de souza