The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the highest judicial body of the United Nations, holds from today, and until Friday, February 23, new hearings on the case that confronts Equatorial Guinea against France, before the complaint of our country for which the French country would have violated the diplomatic immunity of Vice President Teodoro Obiang Mangue.

The French court opened a suit in 2016 against the Vice President of Equatorial Guinea, for which he was sentenced last October to three years in prison and 30 million euros in fines, in a case called “ill-gotten property”.

With this demand and condemnation, France not only has not respected the Vienna Convention that confers diplomatic immunity to Teodoro Obiang, but has not respected the diplomatic status of the building that houses the Embassy of Equatorial Guinea in Paris and that France had tried to seize .

In this second round of allegations before the ICJ, France intends to maintain that the Court does not have jurisdiction in the case on the basis of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. “France has not accepted the jurisdiction of this Court to consider the facts on which Equatorial Guinea seeks the Court to be competent,” French representative Francois Alabrune said at the morning’s meetings.

Tomorrow will be the first round of allegations by the delegation of Equatorial Guinea, chaired by the Ambassador to the Netherlands, Carmelo Nvono-Ncá, who has stated that “the sentence issued on October 29, 2017 by the Paris correctional court against our Vice-President, in flagrant violation of international law, has caused real outrage in my country, and this injustice can not be allowed”.

A second round of oral arguments will be held on Wednesday and Friday.

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