Paul Pogba, a midfielder for Juventus and France, has admitted to hiring a witch doctor, but not to cast a spell on Kylian Mbappe, as his imprisoned brother, Mathias Pogba claims.
Paul Pogba, a 29-year-old ex-Manchester United midfielder who is accused of attempting to blackmail Pogba out of more than £11 million, is allegedly accused by Mathias and other suspects of trying to cast evil spells on Mbappé, 23, out of jealousy for the PSG striker.
Matthias is one of five suspects who are currently being held on remand and could spend up to 20 years behind bars for a variety of offenses, including “extortion in an organized gang.”
They assert to have videotaped Pogba conversing with the so-called “Ibrahim the Great” witch-doc who bills up to €100 (£88) per hour for his services.
Pogba asserts that he “never intended to harm anyone” and denies any connection between Mbappé and his hiring of the witch-doctor.
Instead, Pogba told investigators for France’s Central Office for the Fight against Organized Crime (OCLCO) that he was “looking to be protected against injury” and “also to help poor kids in Africa,” which he was connected to through an aid organization.
Two judicial sources in Paris have confirmed the information provided in the transcript of the last month’s interviews that were conducted as part of the explosive inquiry.
Pogba is currently protected by police while unable to play due to an injury.
Pogba described how he was dragged into a flat in Chanteloup-en-Brie, in the eastern suburbs of Paris, on March 19, and threatened by two hooded men brandishing assault rifles, among other horrifying details from the investigation.
Four days after a burglary in Manchester during which his wife, Zulay, and the couple’s two young boys were threatened, he was in the city on official business.
Four more of Pogba’s childhood friends, including two brothers named Roushdane and Machikour K., Boubacar C., and Adama C., were also housed in the Parisian home.
Pogba claims that after having his phone taken away, he was instructed to pay £11 million in exchange for 13 years of “protection fees” (the length of his professional career) and a promise that the witch doctor evidence, which was kept on a USB stick, would not be made public.
I was terrified, Pogba admitted. “The two men raised their weapons to me.” I promised to pay because I was being held in that position at gunpoint.
They yelled, “Shut up, and look down.” They each spoke directly into Roushdane’s ear. Roushdane told me I had to pay or we were all in danger after the two hooded men left.
“Roushdane said what had occurred was typical when you are a famous footballer, but that I had to pay because he had vouched for me,” the victim recalled.
Pogba started attempting to raise the funds before being told he would be watched and released at 4 am.
Pogba made an initial payment of €100,000 (£88,000), and after realizing the blackmailers were following him around the Juventus training facility, he reported them to the Italian authorities on July 16.