Friday 20 October 2017

Gabon Weighs Amnesty for 400 Jailed After Disputed 2016 Vote

Gabon Weighs Amnesty for 400 Jailed After Disputed 2016 Vote
(Bloomberg 09/15/17)
Gabon Weighs Amnesty for 400 Jailed After Disputed 2016 Vote

Gabon is weighing amnesty for about 400 prisoners who were jailed for their role in the violence that followed last year’s disputed presidential vote, according to Prime Minister Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet.

President Ali Bongo asked the Gabonese government to “consider an amnesty law,” Issoze-Ngondet told reporters on Wednesday in the capital, Libreville. A commission will be set up to review the merits of every case, he said.
Violence erupted a year ago in the central African nation after the announcement that Bongo narrowly won a second seven-year term against opposition leader Jean Ping in the closest election in the nation’s history. Protesters burned down shops and the parliament building. The government said seven people died in the unrest while the opposition claimed that security forces killed more than 50 of its supporters.

More than 800 people were arrested in the wake of the violence but about a half have since been freed. Those who remained in prison didn’t stand trial. The prisoners’ release was demanded by a section of the opposition which took part in talks with the government earlier this year. Read more at:https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-14/gabon-weighs-amnesty-...

By Eric Mbog Batassi

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