UK sanctions Equatorial Guinea leader’s son who bought Michael Jackson’s crystal-studded glove

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  • Date: 07/22/2021
  • Source: The Economist
  • Sector: Economy
  • Country: Gulf

UK sanctions Equatorial Guinea leader’s son who bought Michael Jackson’s crystal-studded glove

The UK government has sanctioned the son of Equatorial Guinea's president for misappropriating millions and spending it on luxury mansions, private jets and a $275,000 (£199,600) crystal-encrusted glove worn by Michael Jackson.Teodoro Obiang Mangue, the son and vice president of Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, participated in "corrupt contracting arrangements and solicit[ed] bribes, to fund a lavish lifestyle inconsistent with his official salary as a government minister", the Foreign Office said. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced new UK sanctions against Obiang and four other individuals involved in "serious corruption" in Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Iraq and Equatorial Guinea. Image: One of the famous gloves that Michael Jackson wore to the 1983 Grammy Awards. File pic Obiang bought a $100m (£72m) mansion in Paris, a $38m (£28m) private jet, dozens of luxury vehicles - among them Ferraris, Bentleys and Astons