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Gabon: Son of Ousted President Ali Bongo Charged with Treason
20/09/2023 21:26 in Africa News

Libreville prosecutors told AFP on Wednesday that Ali Bongo Ondimba's son, Noureddin Bongo Valentin, and several members of the ousted Gabon president's cabinet were jailed and charged on Tuesday with crimes. "high treason" and "active corruption".


 André-Patrick Roponat, a prosecutor in Libreville, Gabon's capital, said Ali Bongo's eldest son, former presidential spokesman Jessye Ella Ekogha and four others were indicted on Tuesday and detained before the arrest. judge.


 On August 30, less than an hour after the midnight announcement  of the re-election of Ali Bongo, who had been in power since 2009 and was accused of massive fraud, the military, led by General Brice Oligui Nguema, ousted him, accusing his regime in particular of "massive embezzlement" of public funds.


 On the same day of the coup, the army arrested one of the sons of the deposed head of state, as well as five other young senior officials in the office of the former president and his wife, Sylvia Bongo Valentin. The search of their home, widely broadcast  on state television, found them at the feet of trunks, suitcases and bags filled with wads of banknotes. Ms Bongo Valentin is under house arrest in Libreville "for her protection", according to the president, and "arbitrarily detained" according to her lawyers.


 Ali Bongo,  initially  under house arrest in Libreville for several days after the coup, is now “free to travel” and has the ability to “travel abroad,” General Oligui announced on September 6.

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