The Special Criminal Court sentenced, on Tuesday July 26, Ike Ngouoni Aila Oyouomi to eight years in prison for embezzlement of public funds. The former spokesman for the presidency was found guilty of acts that took place between 2017 and 2019 and was also fined 50 million CFA francs, as well as another 5 billion, under damage and interests, to be paid to the Gabonese State.
Ike Ngouoni Oyouomi was arrested in 2019 as part of the anti-corruption operation which also resulted in the imprisonment of Brice Laccruche Alihanga, former chief of staff of President Ali Bongo Ondimba, and several senior administration officials. Gabonese. All had been charged with embezzlement or complicity in the embezzlement of public funds. The trial of Brice Laccruche Alihanga, the most emblematic defendant, has not yet taken place.
A decision that “does not reflect the reality of the facts”
The prosecutor had requested a fifteen-year prison sentence for Ike Ngouoni Aila Oyouomi. He had also requested a ten-year prison sentence (including a five-year suspended sentence) for Sandy Ntsame Obame, the former assistant to the spokesperson, tried in same time than the latter. She was given a five-year suspended prison sentence and therefore regained her freedom.
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Ike Ngouoni Aila Oyouomi, who has already spent three years behind bars, still has to serve five years in prison. A decision “which does not reflect the reality of the facts”, denounced at the end of the trial his lawyer, Me Anges Kévin Nzigou.
The latter sought to convince the court that the funds allegedly misappropriated were not public but had been made available to the office of the Head of State for the political – and therefore private – activities of Ali Bongo Ondimba. In vain. However, he should present a similar plea during the next trial of his other client, Brice. Laccruche Leadership