This file photo taken on June 24, 2013 shows Teodoro (aka Teodorin) Nguema Obiang Mongue, the son of Equatorial Guinea's president, arriving at Malabo stadium for ceremonies to celebrate his 41st birthday. / AFP / JEROME LEROY
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The son of Equatorial Guinea's leader, a notorious playboy with extravagant taste in cars, homes and Michael Jackson memorabilia, will go on trial for corruption next week in a landmark case in France.French prosecutors allege that party-loving Obiang plundered nearly 110 million euros between 2004-2011 when he was agriculture minister for his father Teodoro Obiang Nguema.Now the longest-serving African ruler, Teodoro Obiang Nguema made his son vice-president in June just after being re-elected with his usual score of more than 90 percent of votes cast.In a settlement with U.S. prosecutors in 2014, Obiang agreed to turn over more than $30 million in property – including a Malibu villa, a Ferrari and Michael Jackson memorabilia.In November, Swiss prosecutors said they had opened a money laundering probe targeting Obiang and they towed away 11 luxury cars, including a Bugatti Veyron worth around two million euros.
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