Congo’s General Mokoko Sentenced to 20 Years of “Criminal Detention”

Congo’s General Mokoko
Congo’s General Mokoko

The verdict of General Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko, opponent of Congolese President Dénis Sassou Nguesso fell. Accused of “undermining the internal security of the state”, the former candidate for the 2016 presidential election in Congo, 71, was sentenced Friday to 20 years of “criminal detention” at the end of a lawsuit he called a “settlement of political accounts”.

“Criminal court convicts Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko” and “sentenced to 20 years in criminal detention”, said the president of the criminal court Christian Oba, he has three days, he adds for himself to provide in cassation.

Seven other co-accused including six French and one Congolese were also sentenced in absentia to the same sentence.

Former advisor to President Denis Sassou Nguesso, General Mokoko, was arrested in June 2016 after refusing with other candidates to recognize the re-election of President Sassou Nguesso who has nearly 35 years of power.

According to General Mokoko’s attorney, Eric Yvon Ibouanga, the criminal court’s decision does not surprise us because everything started in illegality in violation of the jurisdictional immunity of our client “.

His defense claims that he holds his immunity from his title of “dignitary of the Republic”, an argument refuted by the prosecution.