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Equatorial Guinea denies theft of 'astronomical' amount of money from ex-minister

Equatorial Guinea denies theft of 'astronomical' amount of money from ex-minister

Equatorial Guinea

The ruling Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE) has denied the theft of an amount of money from the home of its secretary general.

A source told AFP last month that the amount stolen was 60 million euros but the state media (RTVGE) only reported in mid-July that a significant sum was stolen from the house of the former information minister Jeronimo Osa Osa Ecoro while showing 100 and 200 euro notes without specifying the amount stolen.

“An astronomical and incredible figure which obviously is not true,” the PDGE president Teodoro Obiang said in a statement without specifying the amount of money stolen.

The party also denied that RTVGE mentioned a figure.

“In perspective, we can’t imagine that the Secretary General will keep 60 million euros in his briefcase?” they insisted while threatening to prosecute media that continue to maintain or disseminate this information.