Equatorial Guinea Ambassador Accused of Beating Daughter with Chair Leg

Friday, August 29, 2014
Ruben Maye Nsue Mangue

The ambassador to the United States from Equatorial Guinea has been accused of beating his 16-year-old daughter with a chair leg, but no charges will be filed against him.


Officers arrived at the home of Ruben Maye Nsue Mangue in Arlington County, Virginia, on Monday after receiving a 911 call from a woman saying “there’s someone going crazy at her house” and a man “hit her in the head with a chair,” according to ARLnow.com.


The responding officer told the local news website: “I’ve been there before,” adding, “There have been previous calls from this address.” An Arlington police spokesman said officers had been called to the residence on another domestic case in December 2013.

The ambassador was not arrested either time because he has diplomatic immunity. The matter has now been turned over the State Department for handling.


Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck told the Associated Press that the girl suffered a “significant laceration” to her head, bruises and a swollen eye. She was treated at Virginia Hospital Center.


Nsue has spent much of his time as ambassador defending the human rights record of his country and its dictator, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who is Nsue’s cousin. 

-Noel Brinkerhoff


To Learn More:

Diplomat Beat Girl With Chair Leg But Won’t Be Charged (ARLnow.com)

Police: Diplomat Accused of Beating; No Charges (by Brett Zongker, Associated Press)

Equatorial Guinea’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Ruben Maye Nsue Mangue (by Steve Straehley, AllGov)

Dictator of the Month: Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea (by David Wallechinsky, AllGov)


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