PUBLIC AI Index: AFR 24/003/2009
19 March 2009
UA 79/09 Torture/Denial of medical treatment
EQUATORIAL GUINEA Epifanio Pascual Nguema Alogo (m)
José Eworo Mba (m)
The two men named above are held without charge in Bata Central Police Station. They are in urgent need of
medical treatment, which the police have refused. Torture and other ill-treatment are routine practice at Bata
Central Police Station. One of the men is known to have been tortured, and the other is diabetic and needs
Epifanio Pascual Nguema Alogo, a carpenter, was arrested without a warrant on 22 February, in a bar
opposite his workshop. He was taken to Bata Central Police station. On 27 February, the police accused him
of procuring documents for his wife to travel abroad; and of having said that the obstacle in Equatorial Guinea
was called Obiang Nguema, and that if President Obiang presented himself as a candidate in the next
presidential elections nobody would vote for him. Epifanio Pascual Nguema Alogo denied the allegations.
On 2 March, just before midnight, he was taken from his cell to a cellar, where he was tortured for four hours.
He was beaten. The police officers specifically targeted his kidney area, belly and genitals. He suffered
wounds to his genitals which bled for several days. He has also been passing blood in his urine and is unable
to walk or stand up straight. He has asked to be seen by a doctor but the police have refused.
José Eworo Mba, who is normally resident in Spain and was visiting his mother in Bata, was arrested, without
a warrant, on 13 February. The police have apparently accused him of being a member of the Spanish
national security apparatus and of spying for them. He is diabetic, and, according to information received the
police confiscated the device he uses to measure his blood sugar levels, which were high the last time he
tested them. He has run out of the medication he takes every day, and the police have neither provided him
with more medication nor allowed him to see a doctor.
The government of Equatorial Guinea passed a law in November 2006 forbidding torture, but since then
Amnesty International has continued to receive reports of political detainees and others held at Bata Central
Police Station being tortured. No officer from the station has ever been prosecuted for torturing detainees.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible, in Spanish or your own
- expressing concern that Epifanio Pascual Nguema Alogo and José Eworo Mba are held without charge at
Bata Central Police Station, and urging the authorities to charge them immediately with a recognizably
criminal offence, or else release them;
- expressing concern at reports that Epifanio Pascual Nguema Alogo has been tortured, and urging the
authorities to order an independent enquiry and bring those responsible to justice;
- calling on the authorities to ensure the men are humanely treated and not subjected to any form of torture or
- urging the authorities to provide Epifanio Pascual Nguema Alogo and José Eworo Mba immediately with any
medical attention they may require.