Ex-minister sentenced to 10 years in absentia in Congo-Brazzaville

2018-06-02 16:02
(iStock)

(iStock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

 court in Congo-Brazzaville has sentenced a former government minister to ten years in prison on charges of violating state security and being complicit in the illegal possession of weapons.

According to the indictment, Jean-Martin Mbemba currently lives in France and wanted to "organise a popular insurrection in 2013". He was sentenced on Friday in absentia.

The former ally of long-serving President Denis Sassou Nguesso had held numerous positions in the Republic of the Congo government between 1997 and 2012, including justice minister.

"There were never any weapons in this case. Nothing was found," said Mbemba's lawyer, Alphonse Dianguitoukoulou, adding his client went to France for health reasons.

Two other co-defendants were also sentenced in absentia to ten years by the court in the capital.

Four others appeared before the judge, including a police officer, and were given sentences of five years and two months.

They were detained in 2013 so have already served the bulk of their sentences.

"They have one or two months left before they are freed," said president of the court Christian Oba, adding that the defendants had three days to appeal.

Sassou Nguesso, a former Marxist soldier, has ruled the smaller western neighbour of the vast Democratic Republic of Congo since 1979, apart from a five-year period in the 1990s.

* Sign up to News24's top Africa news in your inbox: SUBSCRIBE TO THE HELLO AFRICA NEWSLETTER

FOLLOW News24 Africa on Twitter and Facebook

Read more on:    republic of congo  |  central africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.