Guinea to release Italian businessman 'soon'
Roberto Berardi in jail on tax-fraud conviction01 April, 16:21
The Guinean president announced the 49-year-old businessman's imminent release "for humanitarian reasons", Tajani confirmed.
Neither Mbasogo nor Tajani could give an exact time frame for Berardi's release as this reportedly depended on the finalisation of "details" between Rome and Malabo. Berardi, who set up a construction company in Equatorial Guinea in 2011, was arrested in January 2013 on suspicion of misappropriation and tax fraud and convicted the following August, when he was sentenced to two years and four months in jail. Serious concerns have been expressed for his safety amid reports of alleged torture, prolonged detention in solitary confinement and poor health.