Unmasked: ‘French minister’ made the face of a €50m hostage scam

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Unmasked: ‘French minister’ made the face of a €50m hostage scam

Even the Aga Khan was conned by the scheme that claimed it was paying ransoms for Middle East hostages

Henry Samuel

Seven men have gone on trial in Paris for using a silicone mask to impersonate the French foreign minister and extort €50m from wealthy public figures including the Aga Khan.

The two main suspected fraudsters were accused of usurping the identity of Jean-Yves Le Drian to target 150 VIPs, from the owner of Chateau Margaux to the president of Senegal.

Anthony Lasarevitsch, 35, and Gilbert Chikli, 54, are being tried as the masterminds. Five others face lesser complicity charges...

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