Ike Ngouoni, Ali Bongo’s former spokesman, sentenced to 8 years in prison

In Gabon, Ike Ngouoni, former spokesman for the presidency of the Republic of Gabon from September 2017 to November 2019, was sentenced on Tuesday 26 July to eight years in prison. His assistant, who appeared at large, was given a five-year suspended sentence. They were both charged with embezzlement of public funds, misappropriation and money laundering.

as reported from Libreville, Yves Laurent Goma

Immediately after the decision Ike Ngouoni was taken back to Libreville Central Prison where he had already been in preventive detention for almost three years. The court found him guilty of embezzling seven billion CFA francs. In addition to the eight-year prison sentence, he has also been ordered to pay five billion CFA francs to the state.

It is a denial of justice, condemned his lawyer, Maître Anges Kevin Nzigou, who continues to maintain that his client has never managed public funds: “Ike Ngouoni deserved the acquittal, pure and simple, it is a denial of justice in my country .”

It is a fair decision, responded master Haymard Moutsinga, lawyer for the state: “It is a reassuring decision, everyone must understand that you cannot manipulate public funds with impunity, with imprudence. So yes, it is a decision that suits us.

Ike Ngouoni was one of the strong men of power. He fell out of favor in November 2019 as part of a clean-hands operation that landed several leaders in prison, including Brice Laccruche Alihanga, former chief of staff to Ali Bongo.

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