New Developments in Lawsuit Against Teodorin
New Developments in Lawsuit Against TeodorinEG Justice December 13, 2013
The Department of Justice re-filed claims against Teodorin’s property in California.
On December 12, 2013, the United States Department of Justice filed an in rem lawsuit in the US District Court for the Central District of California, against property owned by Teodorin in the United States. The new Complaint seeks forfeiture of the same property at issue in the previously filed One White Crystal Covered “Bad” Tour Glovecase; including: $1.3 million worth of Michael Jackson memorabilia, a $30 million Malibu mansion, and a $500,000 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO. Although part of that case was dismissed in August 2013, the court did so in a way that allowed the Government to re-file its claims.
The new Complaint—based on additional evidence the Government obtained after the initial suit was filed in 2011—alleges with more specificity that Teodorin obtained the property through the abuse of his public office, and illegally laundered it through financial institutions and businesses in the United States.
EG Justice, the Open Society Justice Initiative, and anti-corruption advocates in Equatorial Guinea welcome this new development.
The Complaint may be found here: UNITED STATES V. ONE MICHAEL JACKSON SIGNED THRILLER JACKET (13-CV-9169)
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