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Guinea to release Italian businessman 'soon'

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Brussels, April 1 - An Italian businessman who is
being held in prison in Equatorial Guinea on a tax-fraud
conviction is to be released soon, Guinean President Teodoro
Obiang Nguema Mbasogo said on Tuesday.
Guinea is "working to find a rapid solution" so Roberto
Berardi can be freed, said Mbasogo following a meeting with
European Commission Deputy President Antonio Tajani.
The Guinean president announced the 49-year-old
businessman's imminent release "for humanitarian reasons",
Tajani confirmed.
Neither Mbasogo nor Tajani could give an exact time frame
for Berardi's release as this reportedly depended on the
finalisation of "details" between Rome and Malabo.
Berardi, who set up a construction company in Equatorial
Guinea in 2011, was arrested in January 2013 on suspicion of
misappropriation and tax fraud and convicted the following
August, when he was sentenced to two years and four months in
jail.
Serious concerns have been expressed for his safety amid
reports of alleged torture, prolonged detention in solitary
confinement and poor health.

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