One of the sons of the President of Equatorial Guinea, Ruslan Obiang Nsue, suspected of having sold a plane from the national airline, was arrested on Monday January 17 and placed under house arrest, state television announced on Tuesday ( TVGE).
At the end of November, the authorities opened an investigation "
after noting the disappearance of the ATR 72-500 aircraft belonging to the national company
", Ceiba Intercontinental, which had been in routine overhaul in Spain since 2018, explains TVGE.
According to the same source, Ruslan Obiang Nsue, would have "
sold the ATR plane to the company Binter Technic
", specialized in aeronautical maintenance and based in Las Palmas, on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria.
“I will not let myself be carried away by familialism”
Former Secretary of State for Sports and Youth, Ruslan Obiang Nsue, current director of Ceiba Airport, was first deputy director of Ceiba Intercontinental and then its general manager.
Ruslan Obiang confessed that he was the person who sold Ceiba's ATR, I'm not going to get carried away with familialism or favoritism, that's why I've ordered his immediate arrest and release justice
,” his half-brother, Vice President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, nicknamed “
,” tweeted .
Teodorin Obiang was himself definitively sentenced by French justice at the end of July 2021 to a three-year suspended prison sentence and a fine of 30 million euros and the confiscation of his property in France for having fraudulently set up a luxury business there. heritage in the context of “ ill-
In July 2021, London also froze his financial assets in the United Kingdom and banned him from its territory following anti-corruption investigations.
Malabo then closed its embassy in the country to protest against this decision.
The arrest of Ruslan Obiang Nsue, one of the president's sons, is unprecedented for a member of the presidential family of this small oil-rich Central African state.
Last December, news of the plane's disappearance and alleged sale by Ruslan Obiang Nsue sparked national outrage.
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Equatorial Guinea has been ruled for more than 43 years by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who has just been re-elected for a sixth seven-year term and holds the world record for longevity in power for a living head of state, excluding monarchs.
Equatorial Guinea is the third richest country in sub-Saharan Africa by GDP per capita in 2021 according to the World Bank, but ranked 172nd globally out of 180 in Transparency International's corruption barometer.