To summarize, for those who are not familiar with the case, major corporate interests in Spain, unhappy with the fact that American oil companies were engaged in extracting oil from Equatorial Guinea, a former Spanish colony, and wanting that lucrative business for themselves, sought to find a way to depose the current EG government, and install a puppet regime loyal to Spain, which would then give them favorable contracts to develop and pump and sell the oil. They engaged EG expats to take over the government should they succeed in deposing the current president and his cabinet, and they called upon the Government of Spain to assist them.
Vladimir Kokorev, a Russian businessmen residing in Spain, who was engaged in trade with EG, was falsely charged in Spain with laundering money allegedly stolen by senior EG leaders, and investing it in real estate in Spain. There was no evidence to support this claim, even after almost two decades of investigation by Spanish authorities. He was targeted to cause a scandal to explode against present EG leadership, and to thereby effect regime change. False testimony, obtained from a corrupt Panama attorney named Ismael Gerli, was cobbled together to serve as evidence of Kokorev's money laundering, on behalf of EG leaders. It is believed that Gerli received illegal compensation to make bogus claims of criminal conduct.
|Documentary director Seamus McNally
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