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Philippe Engels

Police search offices of Belgian company supplying passports to Africa

Jan 17 2018

BRUSSELS/NAIROBI Police on Wednesday searched the headquarters of Belgian company Semlex, which supplies passports to various African countries, and the home of its CEO, Albert Karaziwan. About a dozen officers arrived at Semlex's office in Brussels and at Karaziwan's house in the city early in the morning. By early afternoon, the search was still continuing.

Special Report: How to make millions selling passports to Africa

Dec 22 2017

MORONI, Comoros Islands/BRUSSELS In the tiny nation of the Comoros Islands, lying off the east coast of Africa, Albert Karaziwan is a big man - even though he doesn't live there. He's been a roving ambassador for the country, has twice attended the United Nations General Assembly with the Comoros delegation and holds three current Comoros diplomatic passports.

Madame Idriss, the fixer

Dec 22 2017

MORONI, Comoros Islands/BRUSSELS An important player in Semlex's use of well-connected individuals to land contracts was a woman named Zina Wazouna Ahmed Idriss, an ex-wife of President Idriss Deby of Chad. She is referred to as Madame Idriss in Semlex emails.

Madame Idriss, the fixer

Dec 22 2017

MORONI, Comoros Islands/BRUSSELS An important player in Semlex's use of well-connected individuals to land contracts was a woman named Zina Wazouna Ahmed Idriss, an ex-wife of President Idriss Deby of Chad. She is referred to as Madame Idriss in Semlex emails.

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