Trial of Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue restarts

Following four days of interruption, the judicial process which is taking place in the French Republic against the Vice-President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, regarding supposed cases of corruption and possessing dishonestly acquired goods, restarted at around 14:00 (Paris time) on Monday 26th June.

Before the Paris Criminal Court the session was marked by the simultaneous declarations and hearings of witnesses about whether the accusations have credibility or not.

Among those who took the stand to give evidence were Daniel Lebegue, a French citizen, and current president of the NGO Transparency International, which says it fights corruption throughout the world; Roberto Berardi, an Italian citizen who carried out business activities in Equatorial Guinea between 2010 and 2013; Leon Alicante Itutu, an Annobonese Equatoguinean living in the United States; Delfin Mocache Masoco, director of Diario Rombe, whose editorial policy is against the Equatoguinean Executive; German Pedro Tomo, former Equatoguinean deputy, and Simon Mann, who was one of the players in the failed Coup in Equatorial Guinea in 2004, among others.

The judge tended towards questioning the actions carried out by the current regime and its leaders, leaving aside the dishonestly acquired goods, which initially appeared as the main reason for the process.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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