Missing Guinea opposition leader 'has fled Spain'

20th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

21 April 2005, MADRID-The exiled opposition leader of the former Spanish colony of Equatorial Guinea fled his adopted country because his 'safety could not be guaranteed', sources said.

21 April 2005

MADRID-The exiled opposition leader of the former Spanish colony of Equatorial Guinea fled his adopted country because his 'safety could not be guaranteed', sources said.

Sources close to the self-proclaimed government in exile said Severo Moto had left Spain, where he lived in Madrid, for his own safety.

Moto was feared murdered after he had not been seen alive for ten days.

The Spanish Foreign Ministry said earlier: "We are afraid that Moto may have been murdered."

But on the website of the government in exile it said Moto had left Spain for security reasons.

It did not disclose his whereabouts, but said it thanked the Spanish security services for doing what it could to keep him safe.  

Moto's wife Margarita Eki has made an official complaint to police about her husband's disappearance.

Teodoro Obiang, who has ruled the oil-rich former Spanish colony since 1979, has recently called for Moto's extradition from Spain.

Obiang claimed Moto had taken part in a failed coup in March 2003, which was allegedly backed by  the Spanish government and part-funded by Mark Thatcher, son of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

Due to worries about his security Moto often went on trips without telling even his closest aides.

The last time he was heard of he was going to Croatia on a business trip.

The Spanish foreign ministry said they feared Moto was dead after being briefed by Spain's secret intelligence service, the CNI.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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