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French trial of Equatorial Guinea's VP adjourned

By BBC
A court in France has adjourned the corruption trial of Equatorial Guinea's flamboyant Vice- President Teodorin Obiang Nguema after his lawyers asked for more time to prepare his defence, AFP reports.  Mr Obiang, the son of the president,  is accused of buying a mansion and sports cars in France with a fortune amassed from oil-rich Equatorial Guinea's public funds.
 
His lawyers say he is not a "big-time bandit".
 
The trial is the first following an unprecedented investigation into the French assets of  African leaders accused of leading a life of luxury abroad while their citizens live in poverty.
Mr Obiang is being tried in absentia.
 
Last month, the International Court of Justice rejected a bid by Equatorial Guinea's government to prevent the trial from going ahead, arguing Mr Obiang had diplomatic immunity.