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Leader of the opposition Congo sentenced to five years in prison

Leader of the opposition Congo sentenced to five years in prison

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Franck Diongo, the leader of opposition party, MLP, in the Congo by the court and sentenced to five years in prison. The penalty is imposed for the ‘illegal detention’ of three soldiers during violent protests in the capital, Kinshasa.

According to human rights organisations is a political process for the upcoming elections in Congo to frustrate. The government of the Congo, denies that it is a politically motivated lawsuit.

The current president of Congo, Joseph Kabila, in the Congo controversial. There are in the Congo, negotiations between the government of Kabila and the opposition.

Felix Tshisekedi, the leader of the opposition in the talks with the government, said that the sentencing of Diongo can be a breaking point for the negotiations.

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