Announcing his decision, Gabon’s Communication Minister Blaise Louembe said “I have instructed my departments… to immediately suspend the site” in a bid to “protect intellectual property rights” and “fight cyber crime effectively” notes AFP.

“Gabon cannot serve as a platform or screen for committing acts aimed at violating copyrights, nor be used by unscrupulous people,” the minister added.

Dotcom unveiled his plans of using the domain name last week along with an announcement that the new site will be launching on January 20, 2013.  Louembe revealed that was being held by someone in France and that it was then transferred to Dotcom. Currently the domain is getting redirected to some twitter account.

Dotcom didn’t stay silent following the suspension and has tweeted that he is in possession on an alternative domain name and that the recent suspension “demonstrates the bad faith witch hunt the US government is on.”