Opening of the new Judicial Year

Following the Christmas holiday period, from Monday 15th January, all ju ducal bodies are continuing with their activities. The opening ceremony for the judicial year took place at the international conference hall in the city of Sipopo, overseen by the President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who on arrival was received by a court of honour made up of members of the Ministry for Justice,Worship and Penitentiary Institutions, the Judiciary, and the Fiscal Ministry.

The act was attended by the Vice-President of the Republic, Charged with Defence and State Security, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue; members of the Government; components of the Executive; the recently appointed presidents of the two National Parliamentary Chambers; the presidents of constitutional bodies, together with the accredited diplomatic corps in our country.

David Nguema Obiang Eyang, Fiscal General of the Republic, presented a summary report on the activities from the last fiscal period, pointing out the need for reforms to the current organic statute at the Fiscal Ministry, as it was now obsolete.

The report presented also contained the statistical data on the work carried out, 120 criminal lawsuits, 72 judicial reports, 402 appraisals, 342 sentences and 520 submissions to various administrations. This department also dealt with 102 reports of abuse of authority, habeas corpus and gender violence, among others.

All the data was expressed in percentage terms, which reflect an increase of certain types of crime with respect to 2016, and a decrease in others.

During the act, which was also attended by the General secretary of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea, and Jeronimo Osa Osa Ecoro, the President of the Supreme Court of Justice, Juan Carlos Ondo Angue, they coincided with the Fiscal General, who affirmed that in relation to the previous period, the current statistics show an increase in the number of disputes, in both the Supreme Court and in the jurisdictions of the areas of Bata and Malabo.

In relation to conformity with the data from the Fiscal Ministry, the materialisation of criminal acts on the social perception of the scale and efficiency of judicial treatment should be pointed out, according to Ondo Angue.

In view of Resolution number 3 from the College of Lawyers, at its meeting of 17th November 2017, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Higher Council of Judicial Power, has been decorated with the gold medal, while silver and bronze medals went to other members, based on their professional histories.

In virtue of the constitutional provisions and judicial regulations of the nation, the Head of State gave a speech on the general state of the judiciary and the Fiscal situation in the Republic, in which he underlined the fact that the celebration of the Judicial Year was important from a point of view of the experiences of the jurisdictional bodies and the observations that we make on a daily basis regarding the operation of the Administration of Justice, throughout the period in question.

The President also advised judges, magistrates and prosecutors to judge the authors, players and accomplices in the terrorist attack of 24th December, and asked them to bring to bear the full weight of the law.

He also recalled the importance of justice as a basic foundation of Equatoguinean society, and referred to the postulates of Unity, Peace and Justice as the irreplaceable socio-political aims that the State must pursue.

H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo also mentioned the corrupt practices by some judicial personnel in order to gain money illegally.

The President of the Republic has taken the decision to demand a declaration of material and economic goods for all candidates wishing to occupy the post of judge, magistrate or prosecutor throughout national territory.

With a group photo the act came to a close.

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

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