The trial, due to kick off Monday and last for two weeks, will delve into allegations of multi-million-dollar bribes paid to top Guinean officials to win lucrative mining rights.
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The year-old billionaire businessman has travelled from Israel to Switzerland and will be present at the trial, according to his lawyer Marc Dating co tyrone. Following a six-year investigation spanning several countries, a Geneva prosecutor indicted Steinmetz in August on charges of corrupting public officials and forging documents to gain mining rights in Guinea.
Swiss prosecutors accuse Steinmetz and two partners of bribing a wife of former Guinean president Lansana Conte, and others, to win mining rights in the southeastern Simandou region.
The area is estimated to contain the world's biggest untapped iron-ore deposit. Steinmetz has previously dismissed allegations against him as baseless and an attempt by political enemies to smear him.
Prosecutors claim that Steinmetz and his representatives in Guinea entered a "pact of corruption" with Conte and his fourth wife Mamadie Toure. Story continues She is a key witness in the trial and is scheduled to testify on January 13, but Viret said it was unlikely she would come, since she lives in the United States where she has obtained protected status as a state witness.
Steinmetz's lawyer Bonnant said the absence of Toure and other key witnesses would be grounds to postpone the trial.
He maintains his client "never paid a cent to Ms Mamadie Toure", and also charges that she was not in fact Conte's wife, but only a mistress, meaning she could in any case not be considered a corruptible official under Swiss law. In FebruarySteinmetz reached a deal with Guinean authorities, who lifted corruption charges against him in exchange for him giving up his remaining rights to the Simandou mine.
However, Geneva has continued to press ahead with its case, which could see Steinmetz jailed for up dating co tyrone 10 years if convicted.
Steinmetz made his fortune in diamonds while living in Antwerp in Belgium from tobefore founding BSGR, which invests in natural resources and real estate across several continents. He has faced legal problems in dating eveniment sydney range of countries, including several brief detentions in Israel on suspicion of money laundering, fraud, forgery and obstruction of justice. He was also sentenced in absentia last month in Romania to five years in prison in an property-related money laundering case, dating back to
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