UK sanctions Equatorial Guinea leader's son who bought Michael Jackson's $275,000 crystal-studded glove
The UK government has sanctioned the son of Equatorial Guinea's president for misappropriating millions and spending it on luxury mansions, private jets and a $275,000 (£199,600) crystal-encrusted glove worn by Michael Jackson.
Teodoro Obiang Mangue, the son and vice president of Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, participated in "corrupt contracting arrangements and solicit[ed] bribes, to fund a lavish lifestyle inconsistent with his official salary as a government minister", the Foreign Office said.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced new UK sanctions against Obiang and four other individuals involved in "serious corruption" in Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Iraq and Equatorial Guinea.
Obiang bought a $100m (£72m) mansion in Paris, a $38m (£28m) private jet, dozens of luxury vehicles - among them Ferraris, Bentleys and Astons Martins - as well as a "collection" of Jackson memorabilia, including a crystal-studded glove worn by the late singer during his 1980s Bad tour.
In 2013, the US government became embroiled in a legal battle to prevent the glitzy handwear from falling into Obiang's hands, claiming it was bought with "dirty money".
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