Angola Jails Rights Activist Mavungo for Six Years, Lawyer Says

An Angolan court sentenced human-rights activist Jose Marcos Mavungo to six years in jail after convicting him on a charge of rebellion in the oil-rich province of Cabinda, his lawyer said.

“Unfortunately, my client was sentenced,” Francisco Luemba said by phone Monday. Mavungo was also ordered to pay 50,000 kwanza ($390) in “court fees,” Luemba said.

MAP: Angola
MAP: Angola

Cabinda, separated from rest of Africa’s second-largest oil producer by a strip of land belonging to the Democratic Republic of Congo, has faced a low-level insurgency aimed at winning independence waged by the Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda for most of the past 30 years.

According to Amnesty International, Mavungo was detained in March for being an organizer of a peaceful protest. During his trial, Mavungo was accused of being associated with a group of men found with explosives and pamphlets, an allegation he has denied, the London-based rights group said.

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