Republic of Congo Jails Opposition Politician for Two Years

A court in the Republic of Congo sentenced an opposition politician to two years in prison after he was found guilty of inciting rebellion.

Paulin Makaya, president of the United for Congo party, was also fined 2.5 million CFA francs ($4,135) by the court in the capital, Brazzaville. Makaya was accused of being one of the organizers of an unauthorized demonstration in October against a referendum on the African nation’s constitution. The vote allowed President Denis Sassou Nguesso to seek another term.

Makaya’s lawyer, Yvon Eric Ibouanga, called the verdict “unjust” and said he would appeal. Amnesty International has described him as a prisoner of conscience.