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Equatorial Guinea condemns UK’s ‘unilateral sanctions against its vice President

In a statement issued Saturday, the Equatorial Guinean authorities requested the removal of “unilateral and illegal” sanctions imposed by the United Kingdom for corruption against the president’s son.

Teodoro Nguema Obiang, the vice president of Equatorial Guinea, was sanctioned by London for “misappropriation of public funds” and bribery that allowed him to live a luxurious lifestyle. He allegedly spent over $500 million on luxury houses, private aircraft, vehicles, and Michael Jackson memorabilia.

According to the Brits, Teodoro Nguema, the vice president of Equatorial Guinea, was sanctioned for “misappropriation of public funds” and bribery that allowed him to live a luxurious lifestyle. In addition to luxurious residences across the globe, he is alleged to have spent more than $500 million on private aircraft, vehicles, and Michael Jackson memorabilia.

The central African nation has accused the British government of “unilateral and illegal” sanctions against it. In addition, Equatorial Guinea accuses some non-governmental organizations of spreading “lies” about its good image.

According to the British, the sanctions, including asset freezes and travel bans to the UK, were imposed as part of an anti-corruption sanctions system that had previously sanctioned 22 people from six other nations, including Russia, in April.

Eleven cars, including two Ferraris, owned by Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue were seized in November by the Swiss authorities.
Eleven cars, including two Ferraris, owned by Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue were seized in November by the Swiss authorities. | Laurent Gillieron/European Pressphoto Agency

In response to “legally unfounded sanctions,” the Equatorial Guinean authorities have demanded that they be removed “as quickly as possible” and have characterized the attitude of the British government as “unfriendly.”

The brits alleged that Teodoro Nguema is sanctioned for “misappropriating public money from his personal bank account” and “soliciting bribes” The British government says the measures target individuals who have enriched themselves at the expense of their citizens.

“The measures we have taken today target individuals who have enriched themselves at the expense of their citizens,” Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, stated in a statement on Thursday. The vice president of Equatorial Guinea was sanctioned for various reasons, including “misappropriating public money from his personal bank account” and “soliciting bribes.”

Teodoro Obiang Nguema, 79, has governed Equatorial Guinea for more than 41 years, his son Teodoro, who has been ubiquitous on the public stage for more than a year, is increasingly being portrayed as his successor.

Teodoro Nguema was convicted to three years in jail with a suspended sentence, 30 million euros in fines, and seizure of his assets in France on February 10, 2020. The Court of Cassation, France’s top court, is scheduled to rule on July 28.

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