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Friday, November 14, 1997 Published at 11:15 GMT



World: Europe

Mobutu's gold found

President Mobutu: a dictator with a liking for leopardskin

A German television documentary team says it has found part of a large hoard of gold, allegedly belonging to the late Zairean president, Mobutu Sese Seko.

The investigative team, working for Germany's ZDF public television network, said it had secretly filmed the gold, worth an estimated one-hundred-million dollars.

The team's producer says they were taken to see it under guard at warehouses in Gambia.

The Mobutu family has denied any knowledge of the hoard, which the team claims was moved discreetly from the former Zaire to Gambia during the last few months of President Mobutu's rule.

Mr Mobutu died in exile in Morocco in September after being ousted from power.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service






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