Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba -- like his father, El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba, who served as the country's president from 1967 to 2009 -- has been accused of embezzling billions of dollars from the nation's treasury to purchase luxury items for himself and his family. Looking into Bongo family’s assets, French investigators said they have uncovered "the cave of Ali Baba," including a portfolio of 33 luxury properties and 70 different bank accounts.
UO ally Gabon drops French over corruption investigation
10/14/2012: Longtime readers may recall the bizarre alliance between Richard Lariviere and Ali Bongo Ondimba, the "President" of Gabon. UO was supposed to get $20 million from Gabon - Dennis Galvan helped set this up and is now in charge. The latest from Gabon is that Bongo has decided overnight to switch the national language to English, in a fit of pique at the new French government's efforts to investigate what he's been buying with the money he's been stealing from his people: