The Government of Equatorial Guinea accuses France before national and international public opinion of having launched a false and wholly negative media campaign against our Vice-President of Equatorial Guinea, at the precise moment when the Judges in The Hague have to come to a decision regarding the action filed by Equatorial Guinea against France and condemns the collaboration of various Swiss institutions and media organizations in this media plot.
OYALA, EQUATORIAL GUINEA – The Government of Equatorial Guinea is accusing various French and Swiss institutions of deliberately carrying out, in recent days, a ferocious media campaign aimed at denigrating the international image of the Vice-President of Equatorial Guinea, H. E. Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue. Within this campaign absurd information has been released regarding the seizure of various luxury vehicles, supposedly belonging to our Vice-President in Switzerland. These vehicles are not the property of the Vice-President of Equatorial Guinea; they belong to an Equatoguinean company. The news of this seizure was published almost without information or references to justify it. We demand the immediate return of these vehicles to the company from Equatorial Guinea, their true owner.
The Government of Equatorial Guinea is accusing certain French and Swiss institutions of launching this type of news with the sole aim of influencing in a totally negative manner the judges from the Court in The Hague, at the exact moment when a decision has to be reached regarding the dispute between Equatorial Guinea and France at that court.
We recall that Equatorial Guinea has filed an action against France, before the International Court in The Hague, to defend its sovereign right to non-intrusion and nonintervention in national affairs, due to the controversy created by a French court, in attempting to bring to trial the Vice-President of the Republic, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue. Following the hearings held in October, the International Court is, currently and rightly, in the process of formulating its imminent ruling.
The Government of Equatorial Guinea has no doubt that this ferocious media campaign against the Vice-President of Equatorial Guinea, launched from various French media organizations just this week, in nothing but an attempt to influence the judges in The Hague; influence international public opinion, and as such, manipulate international justice.
Likewise, the Government of Equatorial Guinea also categorically condemns the collaboration of various Swiss media and institutions that, at the request and in solidarity with France, are taking part in this conspiracy, writing and publishing articles in the international press about the seizure of vehicles, in order thus to implicate our Vice-President in the matter.
The Government of Equatorial Guinea will report each and every one of these manipulations and conspiracies to international bodies, and to public opinion and the international press. The Government of Equatorial Guinea reminds France that our Country is a totally sovereign State, and that we will not permit any type of attempt at neocolonial domination, such as those that, clearly, they have been trying for some time to impose on our State through actions like these, with the real aim being the destabilization of our country.
The Government of Equatorial Guinea also calls on the authorities, media and institutions in Switzerland to maintain their historical neutrality in this matter, and not fall into this maneuver of media manipulation and conspiracy organized by French institutions, as has happened in this latest campaign regarding seized vehicles whose ownership was falsely attributed to the Vice-president of Equatorial Guinea.