Spain's prosecutors deny probe over E Guinea head
Prosecutors said they had ‘simply’ named a court in the Canary Islands to handle the case.Madrid – Spanish prosecutors denied Tuesday that they have formally requested an investigation into allegations of money-laundering against Equatorial Guinea's President Teodora Obiang Nguema.
Judicial sources had said on Monday that public prosecutors were seeking a probe into the allegations by a human rights group against Obiang, his family and ministers.
The public prosecutor's office said Tuesday it had "simply" named a court in the Canary Islands to handle the case instead of the National Court in Madrid, after receiving a complaint against Obiang by the Association for Human Rights in Spain (APDHE).
"The only activity of the prosecutors' office is to seek additional information on some of the information on this complaint," it said in a statement.
In its complaint filed in December, the APDHE called on Spanish authorities to probe the transfer of USD 26 million (EUR 19 million) from the US bank Riggs to accounts in Spain, from where it was allegedly used to buy property.
Obiang, along with his Gabonese and Congo-Brazzaville counterparts, Omar Bongo Ondimba and Denis Sassou Nguesso, are also facing allegations in France over luxury properties there allegedly bought with embezzled funds.
Obiang has ruled Equatorial Guinea, a former Spanish colony, since 1979 with an iron fist.
AFP / Expatica