By Tamsin Brown • 21 January 2022 • 12:13
A Spanish man who was unjustly imprisoned in Equatorial Guinea after breaking up a fight has spent the past six months in jail, and the Spanish government has failed to do anything to help.
It is still not clear why the Spaniard Luis Edú Acevedo has spent the past six months in Black Beach Prison in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea. This is one of Africa’s most notorious prisons.
His crime? According to his family, “he’s innocent. The boss of the police station where he was taken said he hadn’t done anything, that he was innocent,” said his mother, Eva González. It appears that all he had done was try to mediate in an argument that broke out after someone attempted to steal a mobile phone. “The only thing he did was intervene to end the fight. This is surreal,” stated Eva.
Everything began when Luis Edú Acevedo tried to break up a fight on a street in Malabo. He was arrested and taken to the police station. He was released, but a few days later he was called in to sign a document that he had not signed when he had previously been at the police station.
“He went with the secretary of the Spanish embassy. He himself heard the boss of the police station say that he hadn’t done anything wrong,” said Eva. The secretary left feeling reassured. “But as soon as he left, they arrested Luis again,” she added. He was taken from the police station to the prison, where he remains today.
“We want the embassy to do something. They themselves heard that my son is innocent. Yes, they say they’re going to visit Luis in prison. But he has his father for that. We need the embassy or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to do something”.
“I understand that it’s a country where you can’t interfere in internal affairs,” said Eva. But this case involves a Spanish citizen. Although Luis Edú Acevedo was born in the capital of Equatorial Guinea, he has Spanish nationality, studied in Spain and Canada and had only been living in the African country for five years.
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Originally from London, Tamsin is based in Malaga and is a local reporter for the Euro Weekly News covering Spanish and international news.
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