Son Of Ousted Gabon Leader Held In Corruption Case
Sumaira FH Published September 20, 2023 | 09:04 PM
Three weeks after Ali Bongo Ondimba was overthrown in a coup, one of his sons and several allies of the ousted Gabon president have been charged with corruption and placed in custody, the state prosecutor said Wednesday
Libreville, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 20th Sep, 2023 ) :Three weeks after Ali Bongo Ondimba was overthrown in a coup, one of his sons and several allies of the ousted Gabon president have been charged with corruption and placed in custody, the state prosecutor said Wednesday.
Bongo's eldest son Noureddin Bongo Valentin and former presidential spokesman Jessye Ella Ekogha were indicted on Tuesday and placed in provisional detention for alleged corruption, Libreville prosecutor Andre-Patrick Roponat told AFP.
In all, 10 people were indicted on charges ranging from electoral college operational issues, counterfeiting and use of the seals of the republic, to corruption, embezzlement of public funds and money laundering, Roponat told a press conference.
Seven have been detained, he added.
On the day of the coup, soldiers arrested Bongo Valentin and a number of senior cabinet officials.
One of her laywers said on Wednesday that she was being kept "incommunicado outside any legal framework".
"This situation is unjustifiable and incompatible with the rule of law," Paris-based Francois Zimeray told AFP.
"We have filed a complaint against those responsible for what appears to be a hostage-taking." Bongo, who was himself under house arrest for several days after the coup, is "free to move around" and go abroad, Gabon's new military ruler General Brice Oligui Nguema said on September 6.
He has promised to hold "free, transparent and credible elections" to restore civilian rule but has not given a timeframe.
The new strongman also lost no time in warning that corruption would no longer be tolerated.
He also vowed to make sure the overcharged money "comes back to the state".
Ali Bongo took over when his father Omar died in 2009 after nearly 42 years in power.
Ten of Omar Bongo's 54 children have been charged with allegedly concealing the misappropriation of public funds, a Paris-based legal source has told AFP.
As a sitting head of state, Ali Bongo had immunity.