Pierre-Alain Mounguengui, re-elected as Fegafoot’s president for a 3rd time period on 16 April, was arrested last Thursday after being summoned by Gabon’s general directorate of counter-interference and army safety after allegations published by the Guardian this month. After six days in custody, he was positioned in pre-trial detention on Wednesday at the central jail in Libreville, a statement from Fegafoot confirmed.
A statement issued on Thursday said: “According to his lawyers, the investigating judge in charge of Pierre-Alain Mounguengui’s hearing in the under-age sexual abuse case in Gabonese football which dates back more than 30 years is on an external mission. His fate will be decided in 10 days.”
It is known that Mounguengui may face up to three years in jail if discovered responsible of costs that relate to not reporting alleged sexual abuse by a number coaches to the authorities. There isn’t any suggestion Mounguengui has been accused of sexual abuse himself.
A Fifa spokesperson said: “The independent Fifa ethics committee has taken note of the additional arrests that have taken place recently in Gabon and is continuing to closely monitor the situation, including ongoing criminal investigation being conducted in the country. As mentioned previously, Fifa remains in contact with several stakeholders and is continuing to seek further information on the matter. Since the matter is currently ongoing, please understand that no further comment can be made at this stage.”