Gabon court delays opposition trial

2011-02-09 07:46

Libreville - A court in Gabon on Tuesday postponed until February 17 the start of a trial of 26 supporters of opposition leader Andre Mba Obame charged with public order violations.

The trial was postponed at the request of the defence.

The accused were arrested between January 27 and February 05 and charged with "violating order and public security" and "destruction of property" after security forces fired tear gas to disperse protesters rallying to support Mba Obame's claim to the country's presidency.

Mba Obame, a former foreign minister who is claiming victory in Gabon's 2009 presidential poll, took refuge in UN offices in the capital last month.

President Ali Bongo Ondimba was ultimately declared the winner of the disputed vote.