Madrid (EFE).- The judge of the National Court Alejandro Abascal has summoned Carmelo Ovono Obiang, son of the president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang, to testify on March 28 as a defendant, whom he is investigating for the kidnapping of four opponents with residence in Spain, two of them of Spanish nationality.
In an order, to which EFE has had access, Abascal, replacing the head of the Central Investigating Court number 5 Santiago Pedraz, has also summoned the other two defendants for that kidnapping for that day: the Minister of State, Nicolás Obama , and the director of Presidential Security, Isaac Ngema.
The four victims are Julio Obama (recently deceased), Martín Obiang, Bienvenido Ndong and Feliciano Efa, who denounced having been kidnapped in Sudan in 2020 and forcibly transferred to Equatorial Guinea, where they were detained and subjected to torture.
The first police investigations suggest that the three defendants were on board the presidential plane that transported Feliciano Efa and Julio Obama from South Sudan to Malabo.
Assets blocked in Spain
In this new ruling that “El País” advances, in addition to the summonses, the magistrate agrees to contact the Directorate of Legal Security and Public Faith to be informed about the file for access to Spanish nationality filed by Martín Obiang, one of the victims.
On December 10, after admitting the complaint, Judge Pedraz refused to arrest Obiang’s son, who is also Secretary of State for the Presidency and head of the secret service abroad of Equatorial Guinea, after the Police informed him days before of his possible arrival in Spain and that of another of the two investigated in this case, to spend the Christmas holidays with family members residing in Spain.
What the magistrate did agree was the blocking of his assets in Spain, after imposing a bail of 300,000 euros for each victim.
Upon learning of the death of Julio Obama after being imprisoned for several years in Guinea, Pedraz ordered the repatriation of his body on January 20.
The judge also requested that he be informed of the location and state of health of the other three detainees in Guinea.