AFP and RFI correspondent released from prison
Nguema was released after a Malabo appeal court found no evidence of wrongdoing on his part. RFI and AFP, however, were ordered to pay 40 million FCFA (approx. US$85,000) in damages to Jaye for libel and slander.
A Malabo prosecutor summoned Nguema in April 2009 after a report he prepared containing damaging allegations about the CEIBA director general was broadcast on RFI and published by AFP.
According to a CEIBA Intercontinental source cited by Nguema, Jaye had fled the country some time between late February and early March 2009 with $3.5 billion FCFA (approx. US$7 million). The source later admitted to Nguema that she had read the information on the Internet. Following her admission - and on Nguema's initiative - RFI and AFP both published and broadcast retractions as well as Jaye's response to the allegations.
Jaye, however, had demanded $3.5 billion FCFA in compensation from the journalist and the two media outlets, claiming he had been wronged.
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