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United States v. One Gulfstream G-V Jet Aircraft

United States District Court, District of Columbia

April 19, 2013

UNITED STATES, Plaintiff,
v.
ONE GULFSTREAM G-V JET AIRCRAFT, Displaying tail number VPCES, its tools and Appurtenances, Defendant

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[Copyrighted Material Omitted]

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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.

OPINION

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MEMORANDUM OPINION

RUDOLPH CONTRERAS, United States District Judge.

Granting the Claimants' Motion to Dismiss Without Prejudice; Granting Leave to Amend

I. INTRODUCTION

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 [1] 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.

II. LEGAL & FACTUAL BACKGROUND


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