11 Supercars Worth More than $8 Million Seized from Dictator’s Son in Geneva
A Porsche 918 Spyder, a Koenigsegg One:1, a Bugatti Veyron, and a Lamborghini Veneno were just the tip of the iceberg.
Some of the rarest supercars on the planet were seized from the son of a notorious African dictator in a police raid in Geneva on Wednesday, according to authorities and social media accounts.
The cars belong to Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, vice-president of Equatorial Guinea, a Swiss prosecutor told LeDauphine.com. The vehicles were reportedly seized at the Geneva airport.
Among the 11 cars confiscated in the raid were one of the seven Koenigsegg One:1s on Earth, as well as one of the nine Lamborghini Veneno Roadsters built, according to an Instagram video posted online of the cars being hauled away on flatbeds. A Bugatti Veyron—possibly the one-off Bleu Centenaire edition—can also be seen being hauled off in the clip.
In addition, a Ferrari F12tdf and Ferrari Enzo were also seized by authorities, according to Australian automotive website Wheels. A Porsche 918 Spyder and a McLaren P1 were taken as well, according to LeDauphine.com. An Aston Martin One-77 and a Ferrari LaFerrari also appear to be visible in pictures of the confiscated collection.
As French website L’hebdo pointed out, Mangue may have been trying to smuggle the fleet of ultra-rare supercars out of Switzerland in advance of a recently reopened investigation against him by Swiss authorities. Mangue is also scheduled to go on trial early next year in Paris over his “ill-gotten gains,” Le Dauphine reports.
The raid comes almost exactly five years after Mangue’s previous fleet of supercars, including a Porsche Carrera GT, a pair of Veyrons, a Ferrari Enzo, were seized in a police raid in Paris. The cars confiscated there were sold at auction for $4.1 million...which, let's face it, is kind of a deal.
Mangue is the son of Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who has served as president of Equatorial Guinea since seizing power from his uncle in a 1979 military coup. Since then, Teodoro has faced extensive criticism from authorities and humanitarian groups for reputedly using the country’s treasury and natural resources as his family’s piggybank, funding a lavish lifestyle while the populace suffers in poverty.