Och-Ziff May Have Been Breaking The Law All Over Africa


It’s not just bribery in Gaddafi’s Libya anymore: The hedge fund’s alleged malfeasance on the continent may also have run to corruption in the Congo (Democratic Republic of).

Och-Ziff made two loans totaling $234 million to companies controlled by Israeli mining magnate Dan Gertler, documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal show. Both loans were routed through offshore companies, the documents show….

Global Witness, an anticorruption organization, has accused Mr. Gertler of gaining control of his Congo assets under opaque circumstances and at steep discounts to their true worth.

Mr. Gertler's Congo deals also have been criticized by Africa Progress Panel, an organization headed by former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan that advocates equitable and sustainable development in Africa….

With the money, Mr. Gertler financed a deal that gave him control of a valuable copper and cobalt mine in southern Congo called Kalukundi, the documents show and Mr. Gertler's spokesman confirms….

Kalukundi was the subject of an ownership dispute at the time. A Congolese court had confiscated majority rights to the mine from Africo Resources Ltd., a publicly traded Canadian company, and awarded them to a Congolese company in proceedings Africo charged were fraudulent.

Och-Ziff Loans Financed Controversial Congo Deals [WSJ]