Guinea Jails 11 People for Life Over Murder of Ebola Team

A court in Guinea sentenced 11 people to life in prison over the killing of eight people when an ebola-prevention team was attacked last year.

The court acquitted another 15 suspects, Michel Labile Sonomou, a defense lawyer, said by phone from the southeastern N’Zerekore region where the attack occurred in September.

The violence broke out when villagers with machetes attacked members of a team sent to raise awareness about Ebola. Guinea, along with Sierra Leone and Liberia, has been among the countries most affected by the outbreak of the deadly virus.

Sonomou said only one of those convicted pleaded guilty to the attack and the others will appeal the verdict at the Supreme Court.

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