The Parliament of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea has issued an institutional declaration rejecting the attack and persecution from the French courts against Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, Vice-President of the Republic, Charged with Defence and State Security. We are publishing the full text and including it alongside this news item.
REPUBLIC OF EQUATORIAL GUINEA
REJECTING THE ATTACK AND PERSECUTION BY FRENCH COURTS AGAINST HIS EXCELLENCY MR TEODORO NGUEMA OBIANG MANGUE, VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC
The Parliament of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, meeting in Plenary Session in the city of Bata, within the First Ordinary Period of Sessions 2017, in execution of its sovereignty recognised under Basic Law. EXTREMELY CONCERNED regarding the attitude of the French Courts which, incited by malign elements with undisclosed interests against Equatorial Guinea, have created a climate of political persecution through attacks and defamation against His Excellency Mr Teodoro NGUEMA OBIANG MANGUE, Vice-President of the Republic, alleging supposed crimes of the laundering of capital and dishonestly acquired goods.
CONSIDERING that His Excellency Mr Teodoro NGUEMA OBIANG MANGUE is a citizen of Equatorial Guinea, in use of all his political and civil rights, which due to his prestige, roots and honour holds relevant State positions and has never been indicted by national Courts for the perpetration of the criminal acts mentioned, nor reported or processed for the illicit appropriation of either State or private goods or funds:
CONSIDERING, that the arrogant position adopted by the French Courts in putting on trial a foreign leader or figure and, above all, one from a country with which France maintains friendly relations within the framework of equality, respect and mutual benefit, does not benefit in any way either the Equatoguinean people or the people of France themselves, but favours solely and exclusively the forces of evil, the executors of ancient imperialist slogans, which today constitute a crime against humanity;
CONSIDERING the negative discriminatory impact caused by the French Courts when taking disparaging action against the citizens of African States, if it is taken into account that, both in France and in other European countries, citizens from other parts of the world acquire properties or make unsuccessful investments undisturbed: FULLY CONVINCED that the process undertaken by the French Courts against His Excellency Mr Teodoro NGUEMA OBIANG MANGUE is directed towards political persecution and denigration, and is thus an illegal, arbitrary, and an abuse of power, constituting an interfering violation of sovereignty and an attack on the stability of the State of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and its Institutions; CONVINCED, in addition, that there is no legal basis or evidence for the accusations lodged by some NGOs without active legitimacy for the trial of His Excellency Mr Teodoro NGUEMA OBIANG MANGUE before the French Courts, as proven by the contradiction between the pronouncement under the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice in The Hague and the position of the French Courts. These are rather the manipulations of facts which lack any criminal nature:
SADDENED that the highly prestigious, respected, neutral and apolitical French Courts have been used for political ends by malign forces with unclear undisclosed mobster-like interests against a Leader from a Sovereign State, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, member of the United Nations, defender of Human Rights and Peoples, just as the French Republic;
WISHING to continue to develop within a climate of friendship and cooperation the excellent relations existing between the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and the French Republic, within the framework of respect and mutual benefit,
THE NATIONAL PARLIAMENT, THROUGH THIS INSTITUTIONAL DECLARATION, AGREES:
1.- To support and show solidarity with the defence of His Excellency Mr Teodoro NGUEMA OBIANG MANGUE.
2.- To reject all actions attacking, demolishing and persecuting His Excellency Mr Teodoro NGUEMA OBIANG MANGUE.
3.- To urge the French Courts to PUT AN END TO AND SHELVE the process and acts of persecution, harassment, attack and demolition against the Vice-President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
Issued in Bata, on the sixteenth day of the month of June, two thousand and seventeen.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea