Joseph Kraus of EG Justice shares an update on President Teodoro Obiang and UNESCO:
Photo credit: Javier Espinosa/El Mundo for the Global Witness Report.
Yesterday, the government of Equatorial Guinea announced
that President Obiang has issued a Presidential Decree to appoint his son, Teodorin, currently the subject of recently escalated corruption investigations in France and the US
, the country’s Permanent Assistant Delegate to UNESCO position. The motive behind the move is unclear; however, it is possible that the move could serve to provide Teodorin with diplomatic immunity from any potential charges stemming from the ongoing corruption inquiries. It is also possible that the decision it could be a new, though strange, strategy in Obiang’s ongoing campaign to secure the UNESCO prize. Either way, continued vigilance is necessary to ensure that this prize does not become a reality.