The three Spanish citizens who were arrested on August 4 in São Tomé and Príncipe accused of participating in an attempted coup were freed this Friday, as reported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation.
Through a statement, the Ministry has explained that the Spaniards – who were branded as "mercenaries" by the local government – have been released without charge this morning, and will be able to meet soon with their relatives and relatives.
The Spanish government has celebrated the functioning of the legal guarantee system in the country and thanked the new Government of the country for its "firm commitment to the rule of law and fundamental rights and freedoms." He also thanked the support of the European Union and the Portuguese authorities in the follow-up of this case.
The release of the Spaniards comes months after they were arrested along with two other people, who were accused of participating in a "terrorist operation to subvert the constitutional order."
In a statement quoted by the local press, the government said that the operation was aimed at "the kidnapping of the president and the president of Parliament and the physical elimination of the prime minister." In addition, he explained that the three Spaniards were seized a war arsenal, including grenades, binoculars, and night vision goggles, uniforms.
The local government then activated international aid mechanisms and claimed to have total control of the country and be able to guarantee the safety of its citizens.