US jails ex-Guinea minister Mahmoud Thiam over China bribes

By Ben Mabande |

New York––– Mahmoud Thiam, a former Guinean cabinet minister was sentenced to seven years in a US prison Friday and ordered to pay back $8.5 million for laundering bribes from a Chinese conglomerate in exchange for mining rights.

Thiam, 50, was convicted on May 3 of money laundering but was sentenced today, Friday by Judge Denise Cote, more than three months after he was convicted. Judge Cote announced the conviction in a Manhattan federal courtroom.

Court docket and judicial analysts say Thiam, a US citizen, who was minister of mines and geology in Guinea from 2009-2010 had faced a maximum sentence of 15 years.

Prosecutors say, Thiam who was arraigned in December 2016, took millions of dollars in bribes from senior representatives of a Chinese conglomerate to facilitate mining rights while serving as a cabinet minister.

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Source: Globe Afrique Media

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.