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US News Benin-LePompanant Reckougou Madougou sentenced to 20 years in prison

20:00  11 december  2021
20:00  11 december  2021 Source:   liberation.fr

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Benin-Justice /: Benin-opposition Reckyd Madougou sentenced to 20 years in prison

Dakar, 11 December (Reuters) - Reckya Madougou, opponent to President Patrice Heel, was sentenced on Saturday to Benin at 20 years in prison for complicity of terrorist acts after a qualified policy trial by his defenders.

"His crime: having incarnated a democratic alternative to the regime of Patrice Talon. It was dreaded: there is no justice in Benin," reacted one of his lawyers, Antoine Vey, on Twitter, denouncing a judgment Rendered at 06:00 after a trial "Without witnesses, without parts, without proof".

RecKYA Madougou, former Minister of Justice, was arrested in March. She was accused of funding an operation aimed at murdering political figures to prevent the holding of the presidential election organized in April and which she had been excluded by the Electoral Commission.

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Patrice Talon was re-elected with 86% of the votes during the boycotted ballot by most of the opposition.

Just before the announcement of his condemnation by the Court of Suppression of Economic Offenses and Terrorism (Criet), Reckya Madougou told the Tribunal, according to his Facebook page: "Today, I offer me for democracy. Yes This allows the judges of the criet to regain their independence so I would not have suffered unnecessarily this calvary. "

His conviction occurs only after that of another opponent at Patrice Talon, Joel Aivo, sentenced to 10 years in prison for money laundering and undermining the security of the state.

Patrice Talon, arrived in power in 2016 after making a fortune in cotton, rejects the accusations that he instrumentalizes justice for political purposes. (Reporting Aaron Ross, French version Bertrand Boucey)

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