United States District Court, District of Columbia
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Re Document No.: 12.
For UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff: Janet C. Hudson, Woo S. Lee, LEAD ATTORNEYS, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Washington, DC.
For EBONY SHINE INTERNATIONAL LTD., TEODORO NGUEMA OBIANG MANGUE, Claimants: Juan P. Morillo, LEAD ATTORNEY, CLEARY GOTTLIEB STEEN & HAMILTON, LLP, Washington, DC; Mike DeGeurin, LEAD ATTORNEY, FOREMAN, DeGEURIN & DeGEURIN, Houston, TX.
RUDOLPH CONTRERAS, United States District Judge.
Granting the Claimants' Motion to Dismiss Without Prejudice; Granting Leave to Amend
The United States brings this forfeiture action against a $38.5 million dollar jet purchased by Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue (" Nguema" ), Equatorial Guinea's Minister of Forestry and Agriculture  and the son of Equatorial Guinea's president. The government alleges that Nguema purchased the jet with funds derived from extortion, misappropriation, theft, and embezzlement. Although the government describes a disconcerting pattern of corruption in Equatorial Guinea, the complaint does not link the jet to any specific illicit acts. Accordingly, the court grants the claimants' motion to dismiss.
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