Black Beach

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Black Beach
Black Beach Prison - Malabo - Bioko - Equatorial Guinea 2008.jpg
Black Beach Prison, 2008
Location Bioko, Equatorial Guinea
Coordinates 3°45′25″N 8°47′20″E / 3.757°N 8.789°E / 3.757; 8.789
Security class Maximum
Population 80 (as of 2007)

Black Beach (Spanish: Playa Negra), located on the island of Bioko, in the capital city of Malabo in Equatorial Guinea, is of one of Africa's most notorious prisons.

Feared reputation[edit]

It has a reputation for systematically neglecting and brutalising inmates. Medical treatment is usually denied to inmates and food rations are said to be meagre.[1][2] (The United Nations' Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners requires minimal medical treatment for all prisoners.)

Noted individuals linked with the prison[edit]

Former governor[edit]

The President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, is a former Governor of Black Beach Prison and his uncle and overthrown predecessor, Francisco Nguema, was executed here.

Prisoners[edit]

Black Beach holds a number of foreign prisoners sentenced for participating in a 2004 failed coup d'etat attempt against the President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema.[1] These included Simon Mann, the alleged ringleader,[3] until his presidential pardon on 2 November 2009 on humanitarian grounds.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sengupta, Kim (2007-05-11). "Coup plotter faces life in Africa's most notorious jail". The Independent (London). Retrieved 2007-06-22. 
  2. ^ "Donato Ondó Ondó and other detainees in Black Beach prison". Amnesty International. Archived from the original on 2007-06-17. Retrieved 2007-06-22. 
  3. ^ "Mann in the middle of two African dictators". The First Post. Retrieved 2007-06-22. [dead link]

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