Guinea: Two opposition figures given 1-year jail sentences | Alpha Conde Information
Members of FNDC opposition coalition which led protests in opposition to a 3rd time period by President Alpha Conde sentenced for inciting rebellion.
A Guinean court docket has sentenced two critics of President Alpha Conde to a yr in jail for inciting an rebellion, as rights teams worry a crackdown on the opposition.
Conde, 82, gained a 3rd presidential time period in a violently disputed election on October 18.
He ran after pushing by means of a brand new structure in March final yr which allowed him to sidestep the nation’s two-term restrict, scary mass protests. Dozens of individuals had been killed throughout demonstrations, typically in clashes with safety forces.
On Wednesday, co-defendants Souleymane Conde and Youssouf Dioubate had been every sentenced to a yr in jail on prices of inciting an rebellion.
The pair – each members of the FNDC opposition coalition which led protests in opposition to a Conde third time period – had been additionally fined the equal of 1,600 euros (practically $2,000) every.
The general public prosecutor had initially pushed for five-year jail sentences and heftier fines.
Tons of of individuals had been arrested throughout Guinea’s election interval, in response to Amnesty Worldwide and Human Rights Watch, which have additionally criticised using lethal drive in opposition to protesters.
Amnesty researcher Fabien Offner was uncertain of the precise variety of arrests, however stated the wave was “unprecedented”.
Police arrested Souleymane Conde and Dioubate in September, at a time of rising political tensions within the run-up to the polls.
A 3rd man, Roger Bamba, who was arrested with them, died in pre-trial detention.
A former opposition activist himself, Conde grew to become Guinea’s first democratically elected president in 2010 and gained re-election in 2015 after which once more final yr.
Critics accuse him of veering in the direction of authoritarianism.