E Guinea president pardons jailed opponents

Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema has pard

He voiced concern that the president would never fulfil his July promise of a “total amnesty” to all political prisoners.

The CI party considers the detention of its militants to be illegal and claims they have been mistreated and tortured.

Two opponents of the regime Evaristo Oyaga Sima and Juan Obama Edu, died in prison, this year after being tortured, according to CI, a claim the government denies.

President Nguema, who has ruled the small, oil-rich state with an iron fist since 1979, issued the pardons to mark his country’s 50th anniversary of independence from former colonial power Spain.

The country has closed its borders ahead of Friday’s celebrations which will see several heads of state converge on the capital Malabo.

Spain will be represented by its secretary of state for external cooperation.