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Equatorial Guinea VP orders half-brother’s arrest over sale of plane

Equatorial Guinea’s Vice-President Teodorin Obiang ordered the arrest of his half-brother after an inquiry found he had illegally sold a state-owned jet to a Spanish company, and pocketed the money, a government statement says.

The vice-president “expressed indignation” when he learned that Ruslan Obiang Nsue, the assistant director of state-owned Ceiba International airline, had sold the jet, the statement said

He has asked his father – the president – to suspend his half-brother from “all his functions in the state company”, it added.

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President Teodoro Obiang has ruled the tiny oil-rich state since 1979 and has filled senior government positions with members of his family.

Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema
Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema

In 2021, French courts sentenced the vice-president, widely known as Teodorin, to a three-year suspended sentence and a fine of 30m euros ($32.6m; £26.2m) for money laundering.

He was accused of buying luxury apartments and other property in France with the proceeds of the theft of Equatorial Guinea’s resources. BBC News