OFFICIAL STATEMENT 69
Arrest of Andrés Esono, Leader of the Equatorial Guinean political party Convergence for Social Democracy

​Andrés Esono Ondo, General Secretary of the Equatorial Guinean political party Convergence for Social Democracy (CPDS), was arrested last Thursday 11 April in Chad, while attending a congress as a speaker at the invitation of the country’s main opposition party, the UNDR. Mr Esono was forcibly transferred to N’Djamena at night and the charges against him and for which he has been arrested remain unknown. As far as we are aware, he has had no access to legal defence.

13/04/2019

The Presidency of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea issued a statement dated 12 April in which Mr Esono is accused of extremely serious crimes and of aiming to stage a coup d’état, with no reference to any evidence supporting said charges.

The Spanish Government is deeply concerned about this detention and calls on the Governments of Chad and Equatorial Guinea to handle Andrés Esono’s case with the utmost respect for his fundamental rights and all the principles and guarantees of a State of Law.

 

 

 

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