Chad Sentences Opposition Leaders to One-Year Imprisonment Over Anti-French Protests

Six Chadian Opposition Leaders Sentenced Over Anti-French Protests (News Central TV)

Six Chadian opposition leaders, including the co-ordinator of the main opposition coalition Wakit Tamma, have been sentenced to one year in prison with a one-year suspension for disturbing public order.

Main Opposition Coalition Leader Wakit Tamma

In addition, they were fined 10 million CFA francs ($16,000; £12,800). The public prosecutor had sought two years in prison, a fine of 100,000 CFA francs, and damages of 2 billion CFA francs.

The case arose after an authorised march against France’s military presence in Chad on May 14 turned violent.

Following the incident, authorities arrested a number of march organisers, who denied any involvement in the violence.

Your Friends Also Read:  Microsoft Establishes First $100 Million African Development Centre in Lagos

Their trial began on Monday morning at a court in Moussoro, about 290 kilometres from N’Djamena‘s capital, with defense lawyers boycotting the hearing amid heavy police presence.

The activists had previously refused to leave custody in order to attend the hearing.

Their attorneys stated that they intend to appeal the sentence to the Court of Appeal in the capital, claiming that the trial was unfair.

The case takes place against a backdrop of political tension, with a military junta in power after the death of the country’s veteran leader, Idriss Déby, more than a year ago.

Chad has been ruled by the military since President Idriss Deby Itno, who ruled with an iron fist for three decades, was assassinated in April 2021 during operations to crush rebels in the country’s north.

Your Friends Also Read:  DR Congo Authorities Have Failed to Probe Ethnic Killings in Goma - HRW

His son, Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, a four-star general who is now the transitional president, succeeded him.

All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from News Central TV.



Leave a Reply

Previous Article
Zimbabwe National Army Announce Funeral Arrangement for Major General Nyathi (News Central TV)

Zimbabwe National Army Announce Funeral Arrangement for Major General Nyathi

Next Article
No Kidnapping in Abuja, Police Debunk Incident at Gwarimpa Estate (News Central TV)

No Kidnapping in Abuja, Police Debunk Incident at Gwarimpa Estate

Related Posts
Powered by Live Score & Live Score App