Arrested on September 17 in Kabaga, not far from the border with Congo-Brazzaville, when he was in possession of a large sum of cash (1.19 billion CFA francs, i.e. more than 1.5 million euros), the opponent Guy Nzouba-Ndama is still awaiting his judgment. The verdict was to be pronounced on October 25. par Franceville Court of First Instance.
Requalification of the facts
Accused of transporting prohibited goods and smuggling, the president of the Democrats party, however, saw the court reclassify the facts before declaring itself incompetent. Now prosecuted for money laundering, intelligence with a foreign power, criminal association and attempted corruption, he will be tried by the Special Criminal Court of Libreville.
Gabon: the misadventures of Guy Nzouba-Ndama, placed in police custody in Franceville
The former president of the National Assembly had crossed the border on the morning of September 17 to go to Congo. He had returned in the evening, to the same crossing point, with a lot of luggage, ce who had drawn the attention of the police who had arrested him.
This former cacique of the Gabonese Democratic Party (CEO, in power), who went to the opposition in 2016, is demanding the restitution of the sum, which, according to him, is the fruit of the sale of a property in Pointe-Noire, in the Congo, for an amount of 1.3 billion CFA francs.
The Gabonese authorities, on the other hand, suspect illicit financing intended to support his presidential candidacy, scheduled for August 2023, against outgoing President Ali Bongo Ondimba, whose relations with his Congolese counterpart, Denis Sassou Nguesso, are execrable.