President opens Judicial Year

On 15th January,The Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, in his capacity as First Magistrate of the Nation, and president of the Higher Council of Judicial Power, oversaw the solemn opening ceremony for the Judicial Year at the Palace of International Conferences in Sipopo. We are including the speech given by the President of the Republic.

The Attorney General of the Republic, Anatolio Nzang Nguema, was the first speaker at the ceremony, and he presented the work developed by the Attorney General’s office, the evolution of criminality, the operation of the administration of justice, and the economic results from jurisdictional bodies.

For his part, the President of the Supreme Court of Justice, David Nguema Obiang, during his speech, presented a report on judicial actions.

To judge and enforce the judgements is a legal mandate that requires transparent, palpable action; in other words, a judicial sentence does not only mean applying the law and legality through the sentence, but also requires the application of repressive measures which oblige the parties to submit to the sentences of judges and courts; as such, the judges, magistrates and attorneys have the right to appeal to the competent executive authorities, so that their decisions are respected”, said H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, in his advice to judicial power personnel.

The President of the Higher Council of Judicial Power spoke about the proliferation in the country of criminality and murders; a situation which is causing extreme concern to the people and the Government, so that in these cases of proven murders punishments and convictions must be applied. For greater transparency in these cases, the President of the Republic advocated the holding of trials in public, in order to demonstrate to the people the punishments imposed on delinquents and criminals.

Executing the sentences means purifying the terms of the judicial sentence, so that an individual condemned to one year must not enjoy provisional freedom before serving the sentence, continues H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

The Head of State made clear the importance of Judicial Power under the Rule of Law; through poor application not only is the peace and stability of the nation endangered, but it has a negative impact on the political, economic, social and cultural development of the country, he added.

In addition to congratulating the legal administration for the income generated in 2018, and the State lawyers’ commission for their role in the defence of the interests of the people, he declared the will of the Government to support plans and projects to improve the judicial work presented by the Supreme Court of Justice and the Attorney General’s Office, in order to guarantee the administration of justice to the people of Equatorial Guinea.

The ceremony was attended, in addition to the heads of constitutional bodies, the Vice-president of the Republic, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, the Minister for Justice, Salvador Ondo Ncumu, political, civil and religious authorities, and members of the diplomatic corps, among other guests.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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