Former Equatorial Guinea army chief jailed for 18 years

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A military court has sentenced former Equatorial Guinea Chief of Staff Ruslan Hermes Nguema Oyana to 18 years in prison for embezzlement of public funds, the country’s military sources reported.

Colonel Oyana was also ordered “to reimburse the 38 million CFA francs (about 58,000 euros) embezzled, the same sources noted, confirming information broadcast on state television”.

After two months in command of the army, Colonel Oyana was dismissed by a presidential decree in December 2018.

Colonel Oyana had been promoted at the same time several other officers had been demoted.

Equatorial Guinea, an oil country in Central Africa, is ruled by Teodoro Obiang Nguema, 77, the world’s oldest head of state in terms of longevity (excluding monarchy), after 40 years in power.

Hauwa Mustapha