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GUINEA: 5 opposition members jailed for staging anti-government protests

A court in Conakry, the capital of Guinea has sentenced five opposition members to varying jail terms for staging anti-government protests in the country.

The five leaders of an opposition alliance sentenced in connection with a series of protests that hit the country last week include Abdourahamane Sanoh, the leader of the National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (FNDC).

Sano was sentenced to a year in prison, while four other leaders were given six-month sentences and two were acquitted.

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However, the defense lawyers of those sentenced on charges of insurrection and disturbing the public peace, say they will appeal against the judgment.

The development comes days after the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS), the United Nations and European countries jointly issued a statement calling on President Alpha Condé to organise elections that respect the country’s constitution.

The joint statement follows a crackdown on anti-government protesters who are denouncing a possible change to the constitution that could lead to President Condé seeking a third term.

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