The case of the lawsuit for slander and defamation presented by the General Secretary of the Democratic Party for Equatorial Guinea (PDGE), Jeronimo Osa Osa Ecoro, against the leader of the political party Citizens for Innovation (CI) is ready to pass sentence, following the public hearing overseen by the president of the Malabo Court, Augustin Chicampo Barila, on Tuesday 28th March.
The General Secretary of the PDGE, Jeronimo Osa Osa Ecoro, arrived at the Malabo Palace of Justice at ten in the morning, and Gabriel Nze Obiang arrived one hour later. In the hearing, which lasted around three hours, testimony was heard from the parties and witnesses. The hearing began with a description of the accusation which has been brought before the court, followed by declarations, first from Nze Obiang and then from Jeronimo Osa Osa. The two responded to questions from the president of the court and lawyers.
The prosecution referred to Law number 4/2015, of 28th May, which in article 20 states that political parties must carry out their activities within an orderly range of viewpoints, within the framework of constructive political dialogue. For that reason the political parties, as State institutions, are obliged to comply with the task of regulating public goods, in order to ensure the well-being of the population.
“The intervention by the prosecutor here is not so much public, as the disputed claim of slander in this case is in connection with the private sphere. The prosecutor is intervening on order to oversee the legality and purity of the process, in accordance with national judicial regulations. The examination has cleared up any doubt regarding the problem; now it is for the court to administer justice”. The defence lawyer for Gabriel Nze recalled that the accusation of slander should not be connected, as it is not a serious accusation under judicial regulations in our country, and he thus requested the acquittal of his client.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guineac