Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Mamadou Mota is still in detention, the request for provisional release was rejected

The hearing was adjourned on February 24 for debate on the merits.

The request for provisional release made by the lawyers of Mamadou Mota, 1st vice-president of the Mrc was rejected yesterday January 27, 2020 by the Court of Appeal of the Center. This rejection also concerns the English-speaking prisoners who are: Mancho Bbc, Ngalim Felix, Pen Terence. On January 13, the public prosecutor's office had made its requisitions before putting the matter under advisement of the request for the provisional release of the detainees for June 27. 

The hearing was adjourned on February 24, 2020 for the merits. Mrc vice-president Mancho Bbc and the co-accused were each sentenced to two years' imprisonment by the Ekounou court of first instance for group rebellion. This verdict was pronounced on September 9, 2019 after two months of hearing. They were sentenced as part of the mutiny that occurred on July 22, 2019 in the Kondengui central prison. This movement of disorder which led to the conviction of these people was born following the anger of certain English-speaking prisoners. After the decision rendered by the Ekounou Court of First Instance, the lawyers for Mamadou Mota, Mancho Bbc and the co-defendants appealed.

If the vice-president of the Mrc is still kept in prison, it is because of this conviction received last September. Reason why this political leader did not profit from the stop of the continuations decided last October. This measure taken the day after the holding of the Grand National Dialogue led to the release of several activists and executives of the Mrc, detained within the framework of the white marches organized by the party to contest the results of the presidential election of October 2018. The vice –Mrc president was arrested on 8 June 2019 after taking part in a peaceful march. Radio host Mancho Bbc, for his part, has been held in prison for more than two years. He was sentenced in a first case in October 2018 to 15 years' imprisonment by the military court.

Source: Camer.be