Execution of four men in Equatorial Guinea condemned
Amnesty International today condemned the execution of four
Equatorial Guinea, all convicted of attempting to
JosÃ© Abeso Nsue, Manuel Ndong Anseme, Alipio Ndong
Asumu and Jacinto MichÃ¡
Obiang were executed on 21 August immediately after being
convicted by a
military court in the country's capital Malabo.
â€=9cThese men were convicted after an unfair trial,
sentenced to death and
executed with chilling speed without having the slightest
appeal their sentence,â€=9d said Erwin van der Borght,
Africa Director at
The four men had been living as refugees in Benin for many
Equatorial Guinean security forces abducted them in January
The former military officers were then secretly detained in
prison in Malabo, where they reportedly
â€=9cconfessedâ€=9d to the attack on the
presidential palace on 17 February 2009.
Amnesty International received reports that they had been
detention, forcing them to â€=9cconfessâ€=9d to taking
part in the alleged attack.
â€=9cEquatorial Guinea must put an end to the abductions,
executions it currently carries out under the pretence of
Erwin van der Borght.
JosÃ© Abeso had reportedly asked to see his family when
the sentence was
passed but when his wife and son arrived at Black Beach
prison an hour
later he had already been executed.
Equatorial Guinean authorities initially blamed the
attack on Nigerian armed group Movement for the Emancipation
of the Niger
Delta, who denied responsibility.
Scores of Nigerians were rounded up, imprisoned and expelled
Equatorial Guinea following the incident. Seven Nigerian
traders, who had been arrested at sea, were in April 2010
sentenced to 12
years in prison for attempting to assassinate the president.
Two Equatorial Guinean members of the opposition party
Peopleâ€=99s Union (
UniÃ³n Popular â€=93 UP), who were tried along with
the Nigerian nationals,
were acquitted in April. Despite their acquittal, Marcelino
Santiago Asumu were last week convicted on the same charges
and were on 21
August sentenced by the Malabo military court to 20 years
and one day in
â€=9cMarcelino Nguema and Santiago Asumu were tried twice
on the same charges
in a clear violation of international law. We consider them
conscience and are calling for their immediate and
said Erwin van der Borght.
Equatorial Guinea has been criticised by the UN for
Guinean refugees from neighbouring countries and holding
them in secret