the International Court of Justice: New sessions to consider the diplomatic row between France and Equatorial Guinea

Afaf Fahchouch
Afaf Fahchouch
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The International Court of Justice will hold new sessions on Monday to consider the dispute between France and Equatorial Guinea, which accuses Paris of violating the diplomatic immunity of the son of its president.

The Diplomatic relations between the two countries have been strained since the French judiciary opened an investigation in 2016 against Theodore Obiang, the son of President Teodoro Obiang, who is accused of looting state coffers and buying luxury real estate in the most expensive regions of the world.

Additionally, the French judiciary sentenced Theodoran Obiang, who holds the position of vice president in his country, in October to three years in prison suspended and a fine of 30 million euros, also suspended in this case.

The French judiciary says that the son of Teodoro Obiang, who has led Equatorial Guinea with an iron fist since 1979, bought France illegal money real estate worth tens of millions of euros, especially including a mansion of four thousand square meters in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, one of the most luxurious neighbourhoods of the French capital.

Theodoran Obiang has been on trial since 2016 in Paris, as the International Court of Justice did not request the suspension of the French prosecutions against him, despite the request of Equatorial Guinea, which considers that his immunity has been violated.

Afaf Al Fahchouch

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