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Thursday, 27 November, 1997, 18:37 GMT
Ex Congo-Brazzaville president to sue ELF

The lawyer of the ousted president of Congo-Brazzaville, Pascal Lissouba, has confirmed that Mr Lissouba is to sue the French petroleum company, Elf, which he accuses of helping his rival and successor, Denis Sassou-Nguesso, seize power.

The lawyer, Olivier de la Robertie, told the BBC that a French magistrate is still considering Mr Lissouba's request.

Elf, which has considerable petroleum interests in Congo-Brazzaville, has declined to comment.

Mr Lissouba has also accused the French government of failing to intervene in his country's four-month civil war and for backing General Sassou.

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