On 22 January, the verdict was in: a Geneva court sentenced Beny Steinmetz to five years in prison for bribery in connection with the allocation of mining licences in Guinea’s Simandou region. The Franco-Israeli businessman was represented by the big-name Swiss lawyer Marc Bonnant.
After being sentenced to five years in prison on a bribery conviction, Beny Steinmetz continues to wage a legal battle of global proportions. Who is this Franco-Israeli businessman who is on first name terms with the world’s most powerful leaders? The Africa Report had access to an exclusive interview with Steinmetz in Geneva.