Sylvia, wife of Gabon’s former President, Ali Bongo has been accused of money laundering, possession of stolen goods, counterfeiting, and forging.
Public prosecutor, Andre Roponat announced today that Sylvia’s case had been brought before an investigating judge the day before, while stating that her house arrest order was being upheld.
The charges follow weeks of uncertainty about her whereabouts, after she was put under under house arrest on 30 August when the military deposed her husband.
The decision to charge the former first lady comes after her son Noureddin Bongo Valentin was also charged with corruption, embezzlement and placed in pre-trial detention.
However, deposed President Ali Bongo, whose tenure was replete with accusations of corruption, has been released by the military junta and cleared to travel abroad for medical attention if he wished.