Home Politics Guinea: Two opposition figures given 1-year jail sentences | Alpha Conde News

Guinea: Two opposition figures given 1-year jail sentences | Alpha Conde News

Members of FNDC opposition coalition which led protests against a third term by President Alpha Conde sentenced for inciting insurrection.

A Guinean court has sentenced two critics of President Alpha Conde to a year in jail for inciting an insurrection, as rights groups fear a crackdown on the opposition.

Conde, 82, won a third presidential term in a violently disputed election on October 18.

He ran after pushing through a new constitution in March last year which allowed him to sidestep the country’s two-term limit, provoking mass protests. Dozens of people were killed during demonstrations, often in clashes with security forces.

On Wednesday, co-defendants Souleymane Conde and Youssouf Dioubate were each sentenced to a year in prison on charges of inciting an insurrection.

The pair – both members of the FNDC opposition coalition which led protests against a Conde third term – were also fined the equivalent of 1,600 euros (nearly $2,000) each.

The public prosecutor had initially pushed for five-year jail sentences and heftier fines.

Hundreds of people were arrested during Guinea’s election period, according to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, which have also criticised the use of deadly force against protesters.

Amnesty researcher Fabien Offner was unsure of the exact number of arrests, but said the wave was “unprecedented”.

Police arrested Souleymane Conde and Dioubate in September, at a time of rising political tensions in the run-up to the polls.

A third man, Roger Bamba, who was arrested with them, died in pre-trial detention.

Guinea’s government has said Bamba died after an illness, but his family insists he was poisoned and has accused the government of committing a “state crime”.

A former opposition activist himself, Conde became Guinea’s first democratically elected president in 2010 and won re-election in 2015 and then again last year.

Critics accuse him of veering towards authoritarianism.

Source link


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Aftershock rocks Indonesia’s Sulawesi amid search for survivors | Indonesia News

Death toll rises to 45 while 190 people are treated for serious injuries and 15,000 residents have sought temporary shelters.An aftershock hit Indonesia’s...

Spain’s Juan Carlos accused of threatening ex-lover’s life | Spain News

The former lover of Spain’s king emeritus, Juan Carlos, has testified that her life had been threatened by a former spy chief on...

US slaps more sanctions on Iran in final days of Trump presidency | Middle East News

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says seven companies were targeted for shipping steel to or from Iran.The United States has imposed more sanctions...

End of Merkel era begins as German CDU picks new party leader | Germany News

Germany’s Christian Democrats will elect a new chairman on Saturday, aiming to unite their conservative party behind a new leader who they hope...

Recent Comments