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Equatorial Guinea president’s son arrested for selling country’s plane –

Ruslan Obiang Nsue, one of the sons of Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, is charged with selling the national airline The company’s aircraft was arrested.

Ruslan Obiang was arrested on Tuesday and placed under house arrest after authorities launched an investigation into the sale of the plane after the ATR 72-500 belonging to national airline Ceiba Intercontinental was found missing.

State broadcaster TVGE reported on Wednesday that the plane was sent to Spain for routine maintenance in 2018 but was later secretly sold and that the president’s son was involved in an illegal trade.

“Ruslan Obiang allegedly sold the aircraft to Binter Technic, an aircraft maintenance company based in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain,” the report said.

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Obiang was undersecretary for sports and youth and former head of the airline before being named head of airport services company Ceiba Aeropuertos.

His half-brother, Vice President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, addressed the development on Twitter, saying: “Ruslan Obiang has admitted that he sold Ceiba’s ATR.

“I will not allow myself to be swayed by family ties or favoritism, which is why I order his immediate arrest and his surrender to justice.”

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