Poverty and riches inside Equatorial Guinea
17 December 2012 Last updated at 23:34 GMT
One of Africa's longest serving and most controversial presidents has accused western countries of levelling unfounded allegations of corruption against his family.
French and American investigators have accused the family of the President of Equatorial Guinea of diverting tens of millions of dollars of state oil revenues into personal bank accounts.
While many live in poverty, just five minutes' drive from the presidential palace there is ample evidence that the country's vast oil riches are not trickling down to most of the people.
Stephen Sackur reports.