The President of Madagascar’s chief of staff and an associate have been charged with bribery offences in Britain following a “fast-paced” police investigation.

Romy Andrianarisoa, 46, the top aide to Madagascan President Andry Rajoelina, and Philippe Tabuteau, 54, are accused of seeking a bribe from a British mining company to secure licences to operate in Madagascar.

Andrianarisoa and Tabuteau, a French national, were seeking around 225, 000 euro in upfront charges, as well as a five per cent equity stake in a proposed licence deal on the island nation off the southeastern coast of Africa

The pair were remanded in custody after they were arrested in central London at a meeting where they are suspected of having attempted to solicit a bribe.

The pair were each charged with one count of requesting, agreeing to receive or accepting a bribe, under Britain’s 2010 Bribery Act. If convicted, they could each face up to 10 years in prison.

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