president of the Central African Republic has said that if there is a request
to put Yahya Jammeh at the disposal of an African court, he would analyse it
with his lawyers.
President Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equitorial Guinea said he took in the former president of The Gambia because, in his own words, it was a moment to save the country from war ...
In an exclusive interview with Radio France Internationale (RFI) and France24, President Obiang said he thinks the first thing [to do therefore] should be to congratulate the decision of Equatorial Guinea to take in the former president of The Gambia.
On January 17, Obiang gave an interview to France 24 and Radio France Internationale’s Christophe Boisbouvier. Part of this interview focused on Gambia’s exiled dictator, Yahya Jammeh.
Below is how the interview went:
Christophe Boisbouvier RFI: Mr. President, in the name of hospitality, you welcomed just a year ago here in Malabo the former Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh. But in his country, he is accused of many, very serious crimes. So, in the name of African solidarity, would you be ready, if the time comes, to put him at the disposal of an African court, as has been done in the case of the former Chadian President Hissène Habré?
President Obiang: I think that firstly the thing you have to [do is to] congratulate the decision of Equatorial Guinea to take in the former president of The Gambia because it was a moment to save the country from war ... [this is] because the ECOWAS forces were going to occupy [the country]; there perhaps would have been a bloodbath for the citizens of The Gambia. Because the outgoing president was ready to fight, to struggle, I [acted] because he was a person I knew. I spoke with him by phone; I told him he had to give up power in order to avoid the bloodbath.
RFI: So that’s the past… a year ago, but for the future…
Obiang: Yes, all right, but… But I think what we have to do.... he [Jammeh] gave up power, it’s over. But to prosecute someone who took the decision to give up power might be a bad political idea.