#Equatorial Guinea: Opposition Arrested in Chad Preparing a Coup

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One of the main opponents of Equatorial Guinea Andres Esono Ondo, arrested Thursday in N’Djamena, was in Chad to “prepare a coup” in Equatorial Guinea, said Saturday the Minister of Foreign Security Equatorial Guinean, Juan Antonio Bibang Nchuchuma.

“The trip of the leader of the CPDS (Convergence for Social Democracy) had as sole objective, the acquisition of arms and ammunition as well as the recruitment of terrorists to commit a coup d’etat in Equatorial Guinea with the foreign financing”, said the minister, in an official note read in the state media and received Saturday by AFP .

Andres Esono Ondo was arrested Thursday in the Guera region, 500 km from N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, while he was accompanied by Chad’s main opposition political party leader, UNDR , Saleh Kebzabo. “Said the minister.

His arrest was confirmed Friday by AFP spokesman Paul Manga.

“Andres Esono Ondo was auditioned by the general intelligence and then transferred” to the National Security Agency ( ANS ), said Saturday to AFP the Chadian opponent, Saleh Kebzabo.

In 2015, Andres Esono Ondo, was accused of recruiting someone sick with Ebola to introduce the virus in Equatorial Guinea at the time of the African Cup of Nations ( CAF ). He was finally released after the accusations turned out to be false and fabricated by relatives of the regime.

Malabo “wants to silence all discordant voices and keep the opposition out of play to prevent the exercise of democracy, this type of editing is usual,” told AFP a diplomat stationed in Equatorial Guinea under the guise of anonymity.

Since the end of March, the trial of the alleged instigators of a “coup” that Malabo claimed to have foiled at the end of 2017, is held in Bata, the country’s economic capital.

More than 150 people are accused of being involved in this coup attempt against President Teodoro Obiang Nguema.

Equatorial Guinea has had a turbulent history of coups and coups since its independence from Spain in 1968.

Teodoro Obiang Nguema’s regime, 76 years old, including 39 in power, is regularly accused of human rights abuses by its opponents and international organizations.

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