International Court of Justice

France argues World Court has no jurisdiction in graft case

French lawyers on Monday urged the International Court of Justice to throw out a case brought by Equatorial Guinea in 2016 seeking to prevent the prosecution in France — which has since happened — of the African nation's vice president on money laundering and other charges linked to his opulent lifestyle.

French representative Francois Alabrune told the Hague-based world court, the highest judicial U.N. organ, that Equatorial Guinea's attempt to invoke international conventions on diplomatic relations and organized crime as a way of giving the court jurisdiction were "wholly artificial."

The case in The Hague is going ahead despite the fact that a French court...