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Former Congolese army head’s jailing intended to strengthen incumbent’s son’s presidential ambition, unlikely to raise coup risks

15 May 2018


Former Congolese army chief of staff turned opposition leader Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko was sentenced on 11 May to 20 years in prison by a court in Brazzaville for participating in a coup plot and undermining the security of the state.

Mokoko denied the charges, which he called politically motivated, and he said he would appeal against the verdict to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. Mokoko ran against President Denis Sassou Nguesso in the Republic of Congo’s 2016 presidential election, coming in third place with close to 14% of the vote.

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