(The Guardian) Unesco's latest attempt to give out dictator's $3m prize delayed by lawyers

(The Guardian) Unesco's latest attempt to give out dictator's $3m prize delayed by lawyers

Ian Birrell March 5, 2012
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UNESCO's legal advisors issued a non-binding opinion that the UNESCO-Obiang prize should not be awarded due to continuing controversy over the source of the funding.

The latest attempt to award a controversial $3m Unesco prize given by Africa's longest-ruling dictator has been jeopardised by the organisation's own lawyers, who have expressed concerns over the source of funding and attempts to change the name of the award.

According to confidential legal advice, a copy of which has been seen by the Guardian, the prize cannot be given because of discrepancies over whether the cash comes from government accounts or those of a foundation set up in the name of Teodoro Obiang Nguema, the president of Equatorial Guinea.

 

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