After being heard by the prosecutor and then by an investigating judge yesterday Tuesday, Noureddin Bongo, the son of former president Ali Bongo, spent his first night in Libreville central prison.
Arrested and held in police custody since August 30 following the takeover of power by the Committee for the Transition and Restoration of Institutions (CTRI), Nourredin Bongo Valentin and his friends were placed on September 19 under arrest warrant at the Libreville central prison, sadly nicknamed “Sans-Famille”. Ali Bongo’s son had been coordinator at the presidency and then strategic advisor to his father at the PDG party, and some presented him as a potential successor. So here he is behind bars.
Around ten senior officials were also heard yesterday, Tuesday, by the prosecutor. They were arrested after the August 30 coup. Most were accused of “high treason against institutions”, “embezzlement of public funds”, “international financial embezzlement by an organized gang”, “forgery and use of forgery”, “falsification of the president’s signature”, “active corruption” or even “trafficking in narcotics”.
Among those interviewed, Ali Bongo’s former chief of staff, Ian Ghislain Ngoulou, the deputy chief of staff of the deposed former president Mohamed Ali Saliou and his brother Abdoul Océni, Jessye Ella Ekogha, former presidential spokesperson , Steeve Nzegho Dieko who was secretary general of the CEO, or even Cyriaque Mvourandjami, director of Ali Bongo’s political cabinet.