Benin President Apologizes to Netherlands Over Corruption Case

Thomas Boni Yayi
Benin's President Thomas Boni Yayi. Photographer: Bertrand Guay/AFP via Getty Images

Benin President Thomas Yayi Boni apologized to the Netherlands for a corruption scandal involving Dutch aid money and said the authorities are prosecuting those involved.

The Dutch government cut all development aid to Benin in May after uncovering what it said was a serious fraud case in which grants worth at least 4 million euros ($4.4 million) disappeared. The money was meant for drinking-water projects.

“I present the gratitude and public apology from all the people of Benin,” Yayi Boni said in a speech marking Independence Day in Benin Friday in the capital, Porto Novo. “All those involved in this dramatic scandal will be severely punished.”

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