A. International blasts opposition leader jail in Cameroon

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Mon, 30 Oct 2017 - 11:48 GMT

A still image taken from a video shows police arresting a man in the English-speaking city of Buea - REUTERS

A still image taken from a video shows police arresting a man in the English-speaking city of Buea - REUTERS

WASHINGTON - 31 October 2017: Amnesty International has criticized a military court ruling to sentence an opposition leader in Cameroon to 25 years in prison for hostility against the homeland and contempt of the president.

The international rights group was quoted by Fox News as saying that Monday's sentence against Aboubakar Siddiki came after an "unfair" trial.

It called for his release and that of well-known notary Abdoulaye Harissou who was sentenced to three years in prison for non-denunciation. The two, along with three journalists, have been held for more than three years and have attended 26 hearings in the Yaounde military court.

Amnesty welcomed the release of the journalists, but said the trials have been marred by irregularities, including witnesses refusing to testify because of intimidation and evidence collected under torture. It called the sentencing another effort by Cameroon's authorities to silence opposition voices.

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