Equatorial Guinea president Teodoro Obiang has pardoned 149 people who were arrested following clashes during the host country’s Africa Cup of Nations semifinal defeat to Ghana.
All those arrested have been released, Martin Ndong Nsue, president of Malabo Supreme Court confirmed on Friday.
“We were ready to go to trial for you to be punished … but the President of the Republic Teodoro Obiang, in his role as chief magistrate of the nation and father of all of you, has forgiven you and you are free,” Ndong Nsue told the accused before they were released to their families in front of the Supreme Court.
The match in Malabo on February 5 which the hosts lost 3-0, was interrupted for nearly 30 minutes due to missiles thrown by the home nation’s fans.
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