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Burkinabe Ex-Transport Minister, Party Leader Sentenced to 11 Years on Corruption Charges

© Photo Twitter / @DabilgouVincentFormer transport minister Vincent Dabilgou
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Vincent Dabilgou headed Burkina Faso's Transport Ministry under President Roch Marc Christian Kabore, who was overthrown in a coup in January 2022. Prior to the Transport Ministry, he served as Minister of Urban Development.
The court in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou sentenced Vincent Dabilgou, former transport minister, to eleven years in prison for embezzlement of public funds and money laundering, the local media said, citing judicial sources.
The court reportedly charged the former minister with "misappropriation of public funds" to the tune of 1.12 billion CFA francs (about $1.9 million), and "hidden financing of a political party."
Dabilgou is the founder and chairman of the New Era for Democracy (NTD) party, whose activities the court also ordered to be suspended.

In the 2020 legislative elections, NTD won 13 seats in the national assembly out of 127, making it the third largest party represented in parliament.

The ex-minister must also pay a fine of 3.3 billion CFA francs ($5.5 million) in accordance with the order and is banned from all political activities for five years.
In addition, the tribunal directed that the former minister's assets be forfeited to the extent of the amounts embezzled to the treasury.
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The court verdict also affected two of Dabilgou's former colleagues in the ministry, Sere Jean-Gabriel and Kouanda Malick, who received prison sentences ranging from six to eleven years, along with hefty fines for "abuse of power."

Dabilgou was arrested on February 16, 2021, as part of the transitional government's crackdown on corruption in the country.

Burkina Faso has been ruled since September 2022 by a interim government led by Captain Ibrahim Traore, who took power from the previous coup leader Paul-Henri Damiba, who overthrew Kabore.