Guinea Opposition Candidate Jailed for Insurrection

A doctor and leader of an aid group, Mamady Onivogui has been sentenced to one year in jail by a Guinean court for crimes including calling for insurrection, after he campaigned against President Alpha Conde’s stand for third term in 2020

He was arrested in November few weeks after Conde’s fiercely opposed re-election, Mamady Onivogui led the Sante Vie pour Tous (Health and Life for All) group in the southeastern city of Macenta, as well as being the local representative for opposition movement Elazologa (That Won’t Work).

He was found guilty of inciting violence and insurrection, threats and offending the head of state.

The judge handed down a one-year sentence and fined Onivogui 30 million Guinean francs (2,500 euros, $3,000).

Alpha Conde’s bid for a third term was met with months of demonstrations by political opposition and civil society groups, which the government countered with sometimes brutal force, leading to the death of dozens after the protests began in October 2019.

Since then, aid groups like Amnesty International has accused the government of carrying out a wave of arrests and holds the government responsible for the death of people in custody. Government has denied these allegations.

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