Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Arrest Warrant Against International Law Says Equatorial Guinea

The government of Equatorial Guinea today said that the order of arrest issued by the French justice system against the Second Vice President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, is a violation of the Vienna Convention, bilateral agreements between the two countries and international law, which gives full jurisdictional immunity to senior government officials. 
In a statement, the government charged that French authorities raided and seized property on diplomatic premises in Paris earlier this year, completely violating international law and disregarding the jurisdictional immunity to which the highest representatives of sovereign states are entitled.

“This arrest order is against international law and deals with supposed infractions that do not exist in Equatorial Guinea, and it does not have any factual proof other than the accusations of political opponents,” said the government statement.

A full text of the government’s statement can be found here.