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Congo’s opposition leader faces fresh charges


 Jean-Marie Mokoko

Jean-Marie Mokoko

Republic of Congo’s main opposition leader, Jean-Marie Mokoko, is facing another blow after he was issued with fresh charges over public incitement and disorder.

Mokoko, who has been in detention since mid June after the presidential election, for what was termed as provoking state security and illegal possession of weapons, has been issued with the directive to appear in court.

It is alleged that he caused civil disorder just after losing the election to President Sassou Nguesso in the first round of the March 20 election.

Mokoko had opposed the president’s victory and called for civil disobedience before his arrest.

The latest charges will translate to Mokoko being detained longer despite his lawyer appealing for his release through the Court of Appeal.

The court was to hear the closing arguements on August 16.

There had been calls from a section of the opposition for a presidential pardon to the former military head but it seems that appeal has gone unheeded.

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