On 16 February, Equatorial Guinean cartoonist and activist Ramón Esono Ebalé will have spent five months in pre-trial detention. He was arrested and detained in the capital of the country, Malabo, on 16 September 2017 and questioned over his cartoons that criticised Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang and his government. The cartoons were shared on the internet.
He was informed that he had formally been charged with counterfeiting money on 7 December 2017, after having already spent three months in detention without charge. Ramón has denied the allegations against him and insists that he is innocent.