PDGE accuses SGBGE of leaking documents to French judges

At a press conference held on the afternoon of Thursday 15th December, the Secretary of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea, accompanied by the lawyer of the Vice-President of the Republic, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, together with SGBGE representatives, reported that , at the trial that they hope to hold in Paris, the judge’s indictment sheet has as its basis, documents supplied by SGBGE. “It is a deed which shows bad faith, and another attempt to destabilise the Government of Equatorial Guinea”.

The Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea has declared its repulsion by the destabilising manoeuvres from French judges through documents obtained in a fraudulent way, provided by Societe Generale de Banques de Guinee Equatoriale (SGBGE), which have been used in France, in the case known as “dishonestly acquired goods”, against the Vice-President of the Republic, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue.

At a press conference held in Malabo, which was attended by the three directors from the banking institution, together with the company lawyer, the General Secretary of the PDGE, Jeronimo Osa Osa Ecoro, declared his concern and condemnation for this type of action, affirming that it is a deed that “shows bad faith, and another attempt to destabilise the Government of Equatorial Guinea, because there are no reasons to justify the fact that documents which must be secret, as the banking system recognises, are found to be in the custody of judges from a jurisdiction that has nothing to do with the other jurisdiction. This is a blatant breach of the sovereignty of Equatorial Guinea”.

Osa Osa Ecoro, who has asked Equatoguinean justice to question the subsidiary, direct and indirect players, and everyone who may be connected to this breach of bank secrecy case, said that it was “trickery and farce that was being prepared (by the French Republic), to serve as a basis and justify their poor intention to put on trial a senior dignitary from a sovereign, free, and independent state, as is the case of the Vice-President”.

Furthermore, he regretted that the breach of confidentiality at the bank took place in Equatorial Guinea “just when we have been seeing for a long time the bad faith with which specific French judicial authorities attempt to denigrate the image of senior figures in our Government, and, thus, the political system governing our country”.

For his part, Sergio Esono Abeso Tomo, defence lawyer for Nguema Obiang Mangue, announced a criminal complaint against SGBGE. He proposed to the bank executive a possible “transactional agreement, which may repair the damage and loss caused to my client”.

Esono Abeso Tomo revealed that, in the case that they intend to hear on 2nd January, in Paris, against the Vice-President, Nguema Obiang Mangue, judge’s indictment sheet has as its basis, documents supplied by SGBGE.

“The judge’s grounds are based on the documentation sent from SGBGE in Equatorial Guinea”, maintained the Doctor in Law, Esono Abeso Tomo, who reported that from Paris two former directors of this banking institution “have not only provided the information, but have testified before the judges as witnesses”.

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

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