Free Wenceslao

Free Wenceslao

EG Justice May 7, 2012
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Update: Dr. Wenceslao Mansogo Alo was pardoned by President Obiang on June 4, 2012. He was released from Bata central prison on June 6.

Dr. Wenceslao Mansogo Alo is a medical doctor and an outspoken defender of human rights and proponent of democratic reform in Equatorial Guinea. In addition, Dr. Mansogo Alo is the Secretary of Human Rights and International Affairs for the main opposition party, Convergencia Para la Democracia Social (CPDS).

Dr. Mansogo Alo has documented and publicized numerous accounts of human rights violations in Equatorial Guinea; and has presented at numerous international gatherings, including a meeting at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Basic Facts about Dr. Mansogo's Trial and Unjust Conviction

On February 9, Dr. Mansogo was detained without formal charges following an accusation brought by the family of one of Dr. Mansogo's patients who died during surgery days earlier.

The family, including the deceased patient's father, who is a police official, alleged that Dr. Mansogo had removed organs from the body. On February 13, Dr. Mansogo was charged with professional negligence and desecration of a corpse. Separate post-mortem exams by the Bata Regional Hospital and the country's Minister of Health and Social Welfare determined that the body was intact and that the patient had died of a heart attack. The desecration charge was subsequently dropped. A trial went forward on the charge of professional negligence, however, based on a claim in the minister's report that the patient's death from a heart attack was precipitated by an alleged misadministration of anesthesia. No autopsy was ever performed to establish the validity of the minister's claim, which was contradicted in court by the medical experts called by the prosecution.

Despite the clear lack of evidence to support a conviction against Dr. Mansogo Alo, he was convicted and unjustly sentenced to 3 years in prison on May 7, 2012 following a two-day trial.

With this unwarranted conviction and sentencing, the government of President Teodoro Obiang, which routinely harasses and represses critical voices, has opportunistically seized on the unfortunate death of one of Dr. Mansogo Alo's patients to stifle one of its leading critics.

Click here to learn more details about the charges and trial.

Take Action to Free Dr. Mansogo Alo

Send a letter (in Spanish or your own language) to the following individuals, calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Dr. Wenceslao Mansogo Alo.

PLEASE SEND LETTERS TO:

Presidente Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo
Gabinete del Presidente de la República,
Malabo, Guinea Ecuatorial
Fax: +240 333 09 3313/ 3334
Salutation: Excelentísimo (Your Excellency)

Fiscal General Sr. David Nguema Obiang
Fiscalía General de la República,
Malabo, Guinea Ecuatorial
Fax: +240 333 09 1338
Salutation: Sr. Fiscal (Dear Attorney General)

Ministro de Sanidad y Bienestar Social Sr. Don Salomón Nguema Owono
Ministerio de Sanidad y Bienestar Social,
Malabo, Guinea Ecuatorial
Fax: +240 333 09 9544
Salutation: Excelentísimo (Your Excellency)

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Your Excellency …

I am writing to express my deep concern about the unjust conviction of Dr. Wenceslao Mansogo Alo, a respected doctor, prominent human rights defender, and leader of an opposition political party, who was given a 3 year prison sentence on May 7, 2012.

The conviction of Dr. Mansogo Alo for alleged professional negligence, despite the lack of evidence to support such a decsion, diminishes Equatorial Guinea's standing in the world and raises serious concerns that the judicial system in Equatorial Guinea has been used to retaliate against a critic of the government.

I hereby call for the immediate and unconditional release of Dr. Mansogo. I also urge your government to reverse the decision to close Dr. Mansogo Alo’s private clinic in Bata, the Espoir Litoral Medical Center, and to revoke the $13,000 in fines against him.

Sincerely,

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