Jul 30th, 2012 by karenmillen112
Dominique Strauss-Kahn is back in the eye of justice. Not for sex cases, but for a complaint to his activity as head of the IMF. It was filed by a contractor with the court Cannes Grasse. Justice must decide whether Dominique Strauss-Kahn in his capacity as former Director of the IMF has committed malfeasance around the debt cancellation of Congo in 2010,
The case was opened on May 25 for "forgery and uttering forged documents" and "forgery of certificates," said a judicial source told AFP Friday, confirming information of Nice-Matin, without saying more about what might possibly be accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
The case concerns the conditions under which the debt was cleared of Congo in 2010 under the initiative for Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank. A condition of this deletion was that the African state rule in advance of private commercial debt, including that of the complainant. However, he claims, falsified documents to the IMF would have led to his claim that goes out the window.
According to a source familiar with the matter, "is suspected of complicity with respect Congolese Government. There are anomalies for which there is never any explanation given." "From there, all assumptions are open. But the issue poses a problem of accountability. Director of the IMF has an immunity, which does not cover all agents and makers of the institution."
Questioned by AFP, the IMF said he was not aware and would consult its legal department. The story starts in 1987, when Serge Berrebi, the complainant, is evicted from a poultry complex in Pointe-Noire, he was re-launched in partnership with the state. Follows a dispute. In 1992, a Memorandum of Understanding provides that the Congo pays one billion CFA francs (10 million francs). But after paying about six million francs, Congo stops, while interest accrues. Claims which halved, as if by magic
On 8 November 2000, the Court of Appeal of Aix-en-Provence condemns African country to pay the balance, which rises to more than four million. Nothing worked, and the dispute lasted until the debt cancellation of Congo by the Club of Paris and France in 2010. It is "in final negotiations of the Congolese state to reach the completion point under the HIPC Initiative" as embezzlement allegedly took place, according to Mr. Berrebi, whose claim at that time reached 11 million euros. The complainant cites as evidence the IMF tables that detail the status of private commercial disputes of the Congo at this time.
In these documents, there are changes in effect from one year to another: the claim against Berrebi, presented in 2008 as having been a final judgment totaling $ 12.7 million, appears in 2009, just before the debt cancellation, to be always subject to legal proceedings, for an amount halved.
In late 2009, William Bourdon, who then defends Serge Berrebi, writes Dominique Strauss-Kahn at the IMF to denounce "false statements" about his client, based "solely on the word of the Congolese authorities." The contractor asked him, on the IMF to treat all private creditors of the Congo in the same way, what gives it back. But unlike others, he has still not been paid.
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