Equatorial Guinea defends national sovereignty before International Court of Justice

On 19th February, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), held new audiences on the case between Equatorial Guinea and France, regarding the claim filed by our country on the violation of the diplomatic immunity of the Vice-President of the Republic, Teodoro Obiang Mangue.

Last October, the French court opened a case from 2016 against the Vice-President of Equatorial Guinea, for which he was condemned to three years in prison and 30 million Euro in fines, in the case known as the “dishonestly acquired goods”.

France has not respected the Vienna Convention that grants diplomatic immunity to Teodoro Nguema Obiang, and has not respected the diplomatic status of the building which houses the Equatorial Guinea Embassy in Paris, which France had tried to seize.

In the second round of allegations before the ICJ, France is affirming that the Court does not have jurisdiction in the case, France has not accepted the jurisdiction of this court”, declared the French representative, Francois Alabrune.

Tomorrow will be the first turn for allegations from the Equatoguinean delegation, led by the Ambassador to the Low Countries, Carmelo Nvono-Nca. The sentence passed on 29th October 2017 by the Paris Criminal Court against our Vice-President, if flagrant violation of international law, has caused real indignation in my country, and this injustice will not be permitted”, affirmed the diplomat.

A second round of allegations will take place on Wednesday and Friday.

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

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