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Published on 17 August 2015

Mohsen Hojeij, a man who frightens president Sassou Nguesso

Mohsen Hojeij, a man who frightens president Sassou Nguesso

The boss of the construction company Commisimpex, Mohsen Hojeij, could be seen as a Damocles sword hanging over Denis Sassou-Nguesso's government, as this report shows.

Launching any number of legal proceedings and confiscatins for over 25 years, the businessman of Lebanese origin, once close to Congo-B's president, is demanding over $1 billion that stems from a dispute in the 1990s.

The record debt represents 18% of Congo-B's GDP and could plunge the country into serious financial difficulty if the courts rule it must be paid. The following account traces the twists and turns in this extraordinary case as well as outlining Sassou Nguesso's defence strategy.

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