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World Congo-B: Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko was evacuated to Turkey

03:05  31 july  2020
03:05  31 july  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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General Jean - Marie Michel Mokoko (born 1947) is a Congolese army officer and politician who served as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of the Congo from 1987 to 1993. Mokoko became President Denis Sassou Nguesso's Adviser for Peace and Security in 2005

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Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko finally left Congo-Brazzaville this Thursday morning . The opponent, who has been imprisoned in Brazzaville detention center for four years, is said to be suffering from an acute malaria attack, aggravated by hypertension. On Wednesday, Congolese authorities announced they were accepting a transfer abroad for treatment in Turkey.

The plane carrying Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko took off this Thursday morning from Brazzaville at 11:28 am local time, a source from the national civil aviation agency confirmed. It is a Turkish army medical plane flying from Brazzaville to Ankara, via Nairobi.

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The opponent's lawyers have indicated that his personal doctor - who was to accompany him - was unable to embark, although he was in possession of all the necessary documents. General Mokoko is therefore not accompanied by his doctor or his family, but only three security agents.

For several weeks, his family, but also several associations for the defense of human rights have called for his medical evacuation. The 78-year-old opponent - imprisoned for 4 years - is said to be suffering from malaria and heart problems, according to his doctor.

It was not until the morning of Wednesday July 29 that the Congolese authorities announced that they had accepted his transfer abroad for treatment, but only in Turkey and not in France or Morocco as requested by his family.

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