Scott Stearns | Dakar 26 August 2010
Opposition lawmakers in Benin want the president to stand trial for what they say is his role in a financial scam that has swindled thousands of people.
Nearly two-thirds of parliamentarians in Benin have signed a letter calling for President Thomas Yayi Boni to stand trial for treason and perjury because they say he is part of a massive, well-organized financial fraud that duped thousands of small investors.
Opposition lawmaker Augustin Ahouanvoebla says Mr. Boni has so far escaped justice, but he is confident the president will ultimately have to answer for what he says are crimes associated with the firm Investment Consultancy and Computing Services.
Ahouanvoebla says the opposition wants President Boni to appear before Benin's High Court. He says the president has used what he calls ploys and back doors to find a way out of responsibility for the scam. The labor will be painful and the process will be slow, he says, but he is confident lawmakers will get the president to court in the end…
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