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Congo opposition leader. Makaya loses appeal against jail term
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Congo opposition leader. Makaya loses appeal against jail term

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Image result for Paulin MakayaA court in Congo Republic has thrown out a challenge to opposition leader Paulin Makaya’sprison sentence for his role in protests against a third term for President Denis Sassou Nguesso.

Makaya was sentenced to two years in jail last July on four counts including incitement to disturb public order” during a demonstration in October 2015, when thousands of people took to the streets to protest against a referendum on a third term for Sassou Nguesso.

He has repeatedly denied the charges.

Four people were killed at the march in October 2015 when security forces opened fire on a crowd that had refused to disperse. Residents said the violence was the worst since Sassou Nguesso retook power in 1997 at the end of a brief civil war.

Makaya was also charged about four thousand dollars in fine. He is not the only opposition figure to face Congo’s justice system.

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