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Lebanese passport scandal: Who is Abbas Badreddine?


He’s one of Côte d’Ivoire’s largest employers – a wealthy businessman and philanthropist with friends in high places. The arrest of Abbas Badreddine, the CEO of Plastica, a leading West African plastics company, has left Abidjan’s political and business class in shock and awe, and many questions are being asked.

The Ivorian-Lebanese entrepreneur, who is heavily involved in the Ivorian-Lebanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was remanded in custody at the Maison d’Arrêt et de Correction d’Abidjan (MACA) on 17 July, along with a dozen other Ivorians of Lebanese origin. This spectacular arrest came as part of a wide-ranging investigation into suspicions of fraudulent acquisition of nationality and passport smuggling, after Qatar, the European Union, and other jurisdictions had alerted the Ivorian authorities.

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Badreddine is suspected of having fraudulently

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