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The Head of State signs a decree of amnesty

posted by www.equatorialguineaonline.com – June 6th, 2012

Among the prisoners who have benefited from the decree is Dr. Wenceslao Mansogo Alo.

06/06/2012

Through Decree 85/2012 dated June 4, and using the right of pardon granted him by the Basic Law of the State, the President of the Republic, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, has granted clemency on humanitarian grounds to prisoners incarcerated for various reasons.

“The ideals of peaceful coexistence, citizenship and national reconciliation that encouraged the actions and legitimized the political turnaround in the Country on August 3, 1979, remain in force in the performance of Public Powers and are the foundation of the peace, order and harmony prevailing on home soil,” says this decree, which also states that “the beneficiaries of this pardon should know that the people of Equatorial Guinea require from them social rehabilitation, so that their behavior is compatible with the peaceful coexistence and political stability that are prerequisites for the development of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea”.

Among those pardoned by this order are particularly noted Dr. Wenceslao Mansogo Alo, and the nurse who worked with him, Asuncion Asumu Mangue. They were both arrested for a crime of recklessness, derived from professional negligence after the death of the patient Isilda Mangue Engo, who died after cardiac arrest in the Espoir Litoral Clinic of Bata, owned by Dr. Mansogo. His arrest had led to protests from various international organizations, although his incarceration came exclusively from the private prosecution of the family of the deceased.

In addition, other prisoners incarcerated have been pardoned for crimes such as embezzlement and fraud, offenses against the fundamental laws, punishable negligence, slanderous allegations, etc.

The Decree also establishes the “urgency” of the actions for their urgent implementation.

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