Torturing despot Obiang, a U.S. pal, reportedly dies
One of the planet's most despotic despots, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, ruler of tiny but oil-rich Equatorial Guinea and a star figure in the Riggs Bank scandal in 2004, may be dead. At last.
Unlike some of his prisoners, death didn't occur through torture by stinging ants.
Afrol News is reporting the ailing Obiang's "possible death or irreversible coma." That's the situation also of his little country.
The Bush regime has helped out Obiang in numerous ways (here's Condi Rice with him in April 2006), and Obiang repaid the favors, at one time stashing some of his loot at Riggs National Bank in D.C., a former institution formerly owned by Bush family crony Joe Allbritton with a taste given to Dubya's uncle Jonathan Bush.
For details of Obiang and Riggs, see my August 4, 2004 item "Yes, Protect the U.S. Treasury! Please!," in which I noted:
U.S. oil companies have danced the tango with Obiang for years, as noted in the Washington Post's 2004 piece "U.S. Oil Firms Entwined in Equatorial Guinea Deals: Riggs Probe Led to SEC Inquiry on Corruption, Profiteering."
But even those scandals didn't stop our government from continuing to give Obiang a hand. Check out Ken Silverstein's August 9, 2006, Harper's piece, "Obiang's Banking Again: State Department and Washington insiders help a dictator get what he wants."