Spanish prosecutors call for probe into E Guinea head

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Spanish prosecutors, backing human rights group’s complaint, want to investigate Equatorial Guinea's president Teodora Obiang Nguema, his family and ministers over money-laundering allegations.

Madrid – Spanish prosecutors want to investigate Equatorial Guinea's president Teodora Obiang Nguema, his family and ministers over money-laundering allegations, judicial sources said Monday.

They said the prosecutors are backing a complaint filed against Obiang in December by the Association for Human Rights in Spain (APDHE).

The APDHE demands an investigation into the origin of funds in Spain belonging to Obiang, members of his family and several ministers.

In particular, it calls 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.

The country is Africa's third-biggest oil producer after Nigeria and Angola following the discovery of large offshore oil deposits in the early 1990s but the benefits have yet to trickle down.

AFP / Expatica

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