MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The government of Equatorial Guinea has issued an official statement regarding the international arrest warrant received by INTERPOL for the detention of Daniel Lebegue.
A full text of the government's statement follows:
The Justice System of Equatorial Guinea informs the national and international public that on today's date, Tuesday, October 16 of the current year, the International Criminal Police Organization, more commonly known as Interpol, and the Security Forces of the Equatoguinean State have received an Arrest Warrant for the French citizen Daniel Lebegue.
This decision comes as a result of the evidence scrutinized by the justice system that Mr. Lebegue has been hiding under the guise of a businessman, when in reality he is a highly dangerous individual who, for several years, has been dedicated to illegal and Mafia-style business activities, and who, in an attempt to camouflage them, engages in practices of defamation and libel against personalities and institutions of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, which tries to verify the nature of his business.
In this regard, the justice system can only express its satisfaction for the arrest warrant against an individual that, in reiterated occasions has refused to appear before the Courts of the country to respond for his actions and that in his nine years in Equatorial Guinea has fraudulently amassed enormous economic benefits from the company Technip SA and several subcontracts obtained from the oil companies.
Furthermore, the justice system calls on the countries friends of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and to the organizations that fight against economic delinquency to collaborate with Interpol for the capture in any part of the world of Mr. Lebegue.
About Equatorial Guinea
The Republic of Equatorial Guinea (Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial) is the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa, and one of the smallest nations on the continent. In the late-1990s, American companies helped discover the country's oil and natural gas resources, which only within the last five years began contributing to the global energy supply. Equatorial Guinea is now working to serve as a pillar of stability and security in its region of West Central Africa. The country hosted the 2011 Summit of the African Union, 2012 Africa Cup of Nations and 2012 Leon H. Sullivan Summit. For more information, visit http://www.guineaecuatorialpress.com.
SOURCE Republic of Equatorial Guinea