By Riches Soberekon
Laccruche Alihanga, the former Chief of Staff for Ali Bongo Ondimba, has been released from prison after spending nearly four years in solitary confinement.
This development comes after a tense confrontation with Sylvia Bongo Ondimba, the wife of the deposed former leader.
Alihanga, along with his brother Grégory and former Minister of Transport Justin Ndoundangoye, who were all imprisoned as part of a clean-up operation, were granted conditional release and placed under house arrest.
However, their legal troubles are far from over as they still face prosecution for alleged embezzlement of public funds.
Alihanga’s lengthy detention began on December 3, 2019, and during the process, he became entangled in another case involving false administrative documents.
He was found guilty and sentenced to five years in prison for obtaining an administrative document through false means.
Since the coup d’état on August 30, 2023, which marked the end of Ali Bongo Ondimba’s reign, Sylvia Bongo Ondimba has fallen out of favor with the current regime.
She is currently held in Libreville Central Prison, where Alihanga was also detained, facing accusations of money laundering.
This ongoing legal saga continues to captivate the nation as the former power players navigate their legal battles and the political landscape undergoes significant changes.