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Newsline: Equatorial Guinea says France illegally seized ’embassy’

Lawyers for Equatorial Guinea told United Nations judges Monday that French authorities illegally seized a mansion in Paris that the African nation insists operated as its embassy. The building was seized as part of a money laundering investigation into the son of the central African nation’s president. “France has submitted my country to treatment which is totally arbitrary, discriminatory, and consequently contrary to international law,” Carmelo Nvono-Nca, who led Equatorial Guinea’s legal team, told judges as public hearings in the case got underway. (https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/feb/17/equatorial-guinea-france-illegally-seized-embassy/) The International Court of Justice case is focused on the diplomatic status of a multimillion-euro (dollar) mansion on one of the French capital’s most prestigious streets, Avenue Foch.

Newsline: Former Olympic Sprinter Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Entry at Equatorial Guinea Embassy in Washington

A four-time Olympic sprinter and American college track star pleaded guilty to a count related to forcibly thrusting papers and garbage at the Washington, D.C., embassy of the small West African nation of Equatorial Guinea. Gustavo Envela, 50, could avoid prison time for a bizarre incident in June, but he could also face a $10,000 fine. Envela illegally entered the grounds of the embassy, tossing trash and papers, including a picture depicting the assassination of the president of the country, according to an affidavit from the U.S. Secret Service. Envela told the News4 ITeam he’s a political activist who never threatened to harm anyone and was peacefully protesting, but the incident triggered a Secret Service investigation.


Newsline: Daughter of Equatorial Guinea Ambassador to US suffered ‘significant’ head injury

Arlington County police have turned over the case of a teen girl given a “significant head injury” by her diplomat father to the State Department. The girl was injured Monday night at the family’s home in the 4000 block of 27th Road North in Arlington. Police say the girl was struck by her father, the Ambassador of Equatorial Guinea, who enjoys diplomatic immunity. He’s identified as Ruben Maye Nsue Mangue. “Following a verbal dispute among a father and daughter, the father picked up a wooden chair leg and struck her several times causing a pretty large laceration to the back of her head and a swollen eye,” says Dustin Sternbeck, spokesman for Arlington County Police. Sternbeck says police responded to the ambassador’s residence around 9:30 Monday night and determined that “a malicious wounding had occurred.” The girl was taken to Virginia Hospital Center with what Sternbeck describes as “non-life threatening” but a “pretty significant head injury.” Ambassador Nsue was questioned but not taken into custody. “Arlington County Police Department did not arrest or charge the subject involved in this case as he is an ambassador and has full diplomatic immunity, therefore Arlington County Police Department does not have jurisdiction,” Sternbeck says. Instead, police notified the State Department. “The State Department is deeply concerned by the alleged assault,” says a State Department spokesperson, who asks not to be named. According to the webpage of the Equatorial Guinea Embassy, Ambassador Nsue presented his credentials to President Obama in September 2013. He is a former Minister of Justice and Religion in Equatorial Guinea.