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Former UBS banker Mahmoud Thiam ‘channelled $8.5m to mansion purchase and school fees’
Secretive Hong Kong conglomerate ‘paid $8.5m to gain access to natural resources’
Sam Pa, who was behind resources deals in Africa, was under US sanctions
Apparent fall of the well connected middleman reverberates across Africa
Frontman of Hong-Kong based group embroiled in party investigation
Shadowy organisation’s alliance with Queensway Group helps Pyongyang bring in cash
Report on HK-based business network adds to calls for offshore front companies ban
Aim-quoted miner fails to reach agreement with investor China Sonangol
For a decade, Sam Pa has opened doors for Beijing in Africa. But his story reveals a troubling side to China’s ambitions. An FT investigation by Tom Burgis