Monday, February 8, 2021

Man Gets Five Years Jail Term For Criticizing Guinea’s President

An activist has been sentenced to five imprisonment by a Guinean court for criticizing the country’s president, Alpha Conde.

The man identified as Mamadi Conde, who is also known as ‘Madic 100 Frontier’, holds a dual citizenship of both Guinea and Canada.

His criticisms are coming on the premises of the 82yrs president introducing a new constitution which allowed him win a third term in an election filled with so much violence.

The exact charges against the activist remain unclear. However one of his lawyers, Pepe Antoine, told AFP that he had posted “very virulent” criticisms of the government on social media.

A prosecutor during his trial also said that Mamadi Conde had alleged that the government discriminated against ethnic Fulani people — a sensitive topic in the former French colony.

Guinean courts have handed down jail terms to several other opposition activists in recent weeks, in what rights groups have described as a crackdown on dissent.

A former opposition activist himself, Conde became Guinea’s first democratically elected president in 2010 and won re-election in 2015 before doing so again last year.

SOURCE: AFP


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