Op­po­si­tion leader jailed for in­cit­ing dis­or­der

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Congo Repub­lic op­po­si­tion leader Paulin Makaya was sen­tenced to two years in prison on Monday for his role in protests against a ref­er­en­dum propos­ing a third term for Pres­i­dent De­nis Sas­sou Nguesso, the High Court of Braz­zav­ille ruled.

Makaya was charged on four counts in­clud­ing “in­cite­ment to dis­turb pub­lic or­der” dur­ing a demon­stra­tion on Oc­to­ber 20 when thou­sands of peo­ple took to the streets to protest the con­sti­tu­tional ref­er­en­dum.

Nguesso has ruled Congo for all but five years since 1979, and was re-elected in March af­ter the ref­er­en­dum passed.

Makaya has de­nied the charges and his lawyer Eric Ibouanga said he plans to lodge an ap­peal.

“The judg­ment brought by the cor­rec­tional cham­ber is un­just and il­le­gal,” Ibouanga said.

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