Francisco Macia Nguema, reputed to be one of the world's most brutal dictators, deposed early in August, has finally been caught and imprisoned.
Francisco Macia Nguema, reputed to be one of the world's most brutal dictators, deposed early in August, has finally been caught and imprisoned. The fifty-seven year old strong man, who has reportedly had thousands of his opponents butchered, fled into the jungles after being ousted by his nephew, Lieutenant-Colonel Teodoro Nguema.
SYNOPSIS: Ousted President Francisco Macia Nguema is being detained in a jail, somewhere in Equatorial Guinea. The same jail where thousands of his political detainees were tortured during his eleven-year reign of terror. He was captured in the jungle, alone, unarmed, clutching a small suitcase and was shot in the wrist when captured.
Spotted by a peasant woman, as he emerged from a roadside ditch, he issued his last threat before capture by troops of the military council which overthrew him. He told the woman???, "You will come under my black magic powers", according to a correspondent of Spain's 'Diario 16' newspaper in the capital, Malabo. Nguema had to be helped from his cell to be photographed for proof that he was alive and safely in military custody.
Diplomatic sources have said that Nguema siphoned off a fortune into foreign banks during his rule, while the country went slowly bankrupt.
What was once a prosperous country with plantations of the best cocoa in the world, busy harbours and tourist attractions, has fallen in ten years to pre-colonial levels. Diplomatic sources reported that Nguema set fire to a wooden hut containing the equivalent of sixty million dollars, in his home village of Mengomo where he sought refuge after the coup. Before he left, they said, he went on a rampage, killing women and children. Nguema's arrest was greeted with wild scenes of joy, according to Spanish radio. He is accused of forcing into exile, one third of the small African Republic's population and of killing forty thousand political prisoners.
Plans are under way for reconstructions of the country and foreign aid is beginning to arrive.