Prosecutors Seek Life Sentence for Former Comoros President Sambi

Prosecutors Seek Life Sentence for Former Comoros President Sambi (News Central TV)
Comoran President Ahmed Abdallah Sambi delivers a public address on July 6, 2009 in the capital Moroni during the Indian Ocean archipelago’s Independence Day celebration. Sambi declared on July 3 a 30-day period of national mourning for the victims of the Yemenia plane that crashed on June 30 as it attempted to land in Moroni with 153 people on board. AFP PHOTO / Tony KARUMBA

Former president Ahmed Abdallah Sambi is being tried for high treason, and prosecutors on the African island country have asked for him to be sentenced to life in prison.

Former Comoros President Ahmed Abdallah Sambi

Sambi, 64, was president from 2006 to 2011 and has been held in custody since 2018 on accusations of corrupt actions.

Theformer president has been accused of selling passports to people without citizenship who were living in the Gulf countries in return for money. His prosecution is based on these claims.

According to the privately-owned Comoros Infos website, he was tried in absentia because he refused to appear in court. His sentencing is scheduled for November 28.

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