DR Congo opposition leader jailed

General secretary of the Union for the Congolese Nation Jean-Bertrand Ewanga (C) attend a protest called by the Congolese Opposition, in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, August 4, 2014A senior opposition lawmaker in the Democratic Republic of Congo was sentenced Thursday to one year in prison for insulting the country’s president and government, one of his lawyers said. “The Supreme court Thursday evening sentenced Jean-Bertrand Ewanga to one year in person for offending the head of state, members of the government and parliament,” said Richard Mpinda, who called the trial “a parody of justice”. Ewanga, the general secretary of the Union for the Congolese Nation (UNC) party, was arrested on August 5 at his home in Kinshasa, a day after a rally to oppose any extension of presidential terms. Thousands of people had demonstrated in the capital to protest over suspicions that the rulers of the vast central African country intend to amend the constitution and enable President Joseph Kabila to stay in power beyond 2016, when he is due to step down after two five-year elected terms.

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