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President of Côte d'Ivoire (2000-2011)

Laurent Gbagbo

Associates in the data: Jean-Claude N’Da Ametchi

Related to  Côte d'Ivoire
Data from: Panama Papers

Jean-Claude N’Da Ametchi

Jean-Claude N’Da Ametchi is a banking executive from the Ivory Coast. In April 2011, the European Union sanctioned N’Da Ametchi for allegedly helping to fund the “illegitimate administration” of former president Laurent Gbagbo. Gbagbo oversaw a civil conflict in which 3,000 people were killed when he refused to accept his defeat in the 2010 presidential elections. Gbagbo was arrested in April 2011 and is currently detained by the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity. Before Gbagbo’s arrest, his administration nationalized foreign bank subsidiaries that had closed during the political instability. Gbagbo appointed N’Da Ametchi as managing director of BICICI, the International Bank for Trade and Industry. N’Da Ametchi was removed from European sanctions in early 2012.

In the data

Cadley House Ltd. was registered in the Seychelles in 2006. Although the company was at first held through so-called bearer shares, which do not list an offshore company’s owner, emails confirm that the firm belonged to N’Da Ametchi. The company’s purpose was described as “management of personal assets…[and] ownership of a bank account in the Principality of Monaco.” In one 2011 email from N’Da Ametchi to Mossack Fonseca’s Geneva office, the business executive discussed selling assets and the transfer of nearly $5,000. Although N’Da Ametchi’s financial managers told Mossack Fonseca in 2014 that “the beneficial owner of the company does not wish to maintain his company and wish to terminate it,” the company was still active in 2015. There is no indication from emails whether Mossack Fonseca was aware of the European sanctions.

Response

N'da Ametchi did not respond to repeated requests for comment.
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