Prosecutor wants 5-year imprisonment for Republic of Congo opposition leader

Hearing of the case of Republic of Congo's opposition leader Paulin Makaya, who is accused of disrupting public order and planing a revolt, began on Monday at a Brazzaville court.

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The prosecutor asked the court to sentence Makaya to five years in prison with a fine of 5 million CFA Francs (about 10,000 U.S. dollars).

The Law Court
The Law Court
The court is expected to give a ruling on the case on July 25, 2016.

According to defense lawyers, “there is no justifiable evidence of a crime committed by Makaya to warrant him to appear in court.”

Makaya was detained on Dec. 1, 2015 in Brazzaville, before he was later charged with disrupting public order and planing a revolt.

He is particularly accused of organizing an opposition protest against President Denis Sassou N’Geusso on Oct. 20, 2015 which was the day for a referendum to adopt the country’s current Constitution.

The prosecutor said the protest preceded a call for a revolt, and disrupted normal activities in Brazzaville and Pointe Noire. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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