Friday, October 5, 2012

Accuser Of Equatorial Guinea’s Vice President To Face Trial In France For Defamation

Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue says charges are without foundation.
Government of Equatorial Guinea questions motives behind charges.

A French judge has agreed to investigate charges of criminal defamation brought by the Second Vice President of Equatorial Guinea against Daniel Lebégue, president of Transparency International of France. 

Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue’s complaint with the French court charges that Mr. Lebégue has been making unfounded charges in the French justice system and the media for years without proof and for the sole purpose of damaging the reputation of the President of Equatorial Guinea and his family and driving the President from office.

Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue is the son of the President of Equatorial Guinea, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. Mr. Lebégue specifically charges the Vice President and his family with using public funds to acquire personal property in France.

Mr. Lebègue did not comply with a summons earlier this year to appear in an Equatorial Guinean court to answer charges about his personal business activities in Equatorial Guinea and offer evidence for his accusations against the country’s leaders.  Mr. Lebégue was a director of the French oil-services company Technip, which has done business in Equatorial Guinea.

“This trial will demonstrate the absence of any evidence of wrongdoing attributed to the Vice President and to highlight the true motives of Mr. Lebègue, who has just been fired from Technip,” the government of Equatorial Guinea said in a statement.