Ex-Gabonese MP jailed for post-election violence

Gabonese former member of parliament Bertrand Zibi Abeghe

Gabonese former member of parliament Bertrand Zibi Abeghe has been sentenced to six years in jail for his part in post-electoral violence, one of his lawyers told AFP news agency.

Libreville Criminal Court convicted Zibi on charges of “violence and assault” and “illegal possession of a firearm”, lawyer Charles-Henri Gey told AFP.

His lawyer told AFP that they intend to appeal the decision.

More than 1,000 people were arrested after violent protests broke out following the disputed presidential elections in 2016.

Three people were killed in protests that began after the announcement that President Ali Bongo had been narrowly re-elected.

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