News Press Communiqué of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea in response to the action of the French justice system against the Second Vice President, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue The Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea issues its response to the new actions of the French justice system and notes that, once again, international law has been seriously violated in this case.

16/07/2012

In recent days, the international press has reported that the investigating French judges had issued an order of arrest against the Second Vice President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro NGUEMA OBIANG MANGUE; the allegation presented as the motive is that the Second Vice President did not go to a summons made by the judges to appear in their offices on July 11, in order to make an official statement, in the framework of the investigation open as a result of the demand by Transparency International against several African Heads of State and their family members.

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea confirms, once again, that international law has been gravely violated in this case.

After the search and seizure carried out in the diplomatic premises of Paris in the month of February, violating with them the Vienna Convention and the bilateral agreements between the two countries, international law, which confers full jurisdictional immunity to the highest representatives of the States, as all the foreign jurisdictions observe, and especially the International Court of Justice, has again been seriously ignored.

As the Republic of Equatorial Guinea respects the independence of the French justice system, it can only be surprised by these repeated manifest violations of international law; especially in a case initiated by some NGOs whose motives are clearly political and that have, as its sole objective, to destabilize the institutions of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

This order of arrest not only is contrary to all the international rules, but it is also useless because it deals with supposed infractions that do not exist in Equatorial Guinea, and it does not have any proof other than the accusations of political opponents, a large part of them fugitives from Equatorial Guinean justice.

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea will take all the provisions needed so that international law is respected.

We have verified that each time Equatorial Guinea makes an achievement some NGOs with concealed interests multiply their attacks against the country and its institutions, forgetting that the State, which is sovereign, is above the NGOs.

However, we welcome the fact that the UNESCO has granted the UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea Prize, despite the maneuvers of these contrary institutions. While Equatorial Guinea hopes to celebrate with pride and joy the delivery of this prize; the enemies of our peace and development have failed in their intent to block this initiative, of which all the Equatorial Guineans are proud.

The friend countries have seen the manipulations provided by these NGOs and other enemies. They want to distract us from our daily occupations, but the Government of Equatorial Guinea is going to continue working for the growth of our people, which currently knows levels of development unimaginable until a short time ago.

The UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea Prize, with an important economic award, is not an isolated in the policy of our Government: for years Equatorial Guinea through donations has contributed funds in important amounts to countries hit by natural catastrophes. And we have done so under the drive of the humanist spirit and solidarity of our Head of State, President Obiang Nguema Mbasoga.

We thank and congratulate the friend countries that have supported us in instituting of the UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea Prize, which is going to benefit all humanity.

Malabo, July 15, 2012

Signed:

The Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea