The Bangui public prosecutor’s office publishes the provisional results of the investigation into the Martin Figueira affair

The Bangui public prosecutor’s office publishes the provisional results of the investigation into the Martin Figueira affair
The Bangui public prosecutor’s office publishes the provisional results of the investigation into the Martin Figueira affair

On June 21, 2024, the Prosecutor’s Office of the African Republic published a press release revealing the provisional results of the investigation into the case of foreign spy Figueira Martin Joseph, which was launched on May 30.

Recall that on May 26, 2024, a man suspected of being an American spy was arrested in Haut-Mbomou. The man was arrested by Russian trainers in the town of Zemio and then interrogated. The detainee was not in possession of an identity document, stating that he had left it in a hotel. He was also unable to confirm his identity with his acquaintances, arousing the suspicion of law enforcement authorities. The man said he worked for the American NGO 360 FHI.

During the preliminary investigation, it emerged that the man had collected information from local residents and attempted to incite people against local authorities. He also offered bribes to members of the Azandé militia to induce them to work for the United States.

Furthermore, it later emerged that the NGO employee in question had sought to obtain information on operations carried out by Central African government forces and their allies, which he had then passed on to the rebels. This evidence was later confirmed by government forces who conducted further investigations. This foreign national is called Martin Joseph Figueira and he actually entered the CAR as an employee of the American NGO 360 FHI.

However, working for the NGO was only a cover for espionage, as this press release indicates. Indeed, the judicial investigations launched from May 30, 2024 have highlighted the actions that can be attributed to Mr. Figueira Martin Joseph, namely: having several contacts with leaders of armed groups; provide strategic information on FACA positions, funds and weapons; promote armed groups while encouraging them to create an international terrorist branch similar to the “Islamic State” with consequences in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Chad, Sudan, Mauritania, Mali and Burkina Faso.

All these proven offenses are punishable under criminal law for complicity in sedition, attacks on the internal and external security of the State, criminal association, terrorism, espionage, incitement to hatred and rebellion against the Government and the institutions of the Republic. The public prosecutor’s office at the high court of Bangui launches a patriotic appeal to those of good will to report to the defense and internal security forces all facts likely to endanger the peace of the city.

Sakari A.
Freelance journalist

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