General Mokoko hospitalized, his lawyers ask for his release

General Mokoko hospitalized, his lawyers ask for his release

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(illustration) Former presidential candidate General Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko at the start of his trial on May 7, 2018.

In the Republic of Congo, the former chief of staff of the armed forces, General Mokoko, was transferred to the Brazzaville military hospital Thursday evening due to a deterioration in his state of health, according to his lawyers.

According to lawyers for General Mokoko, his state of health has deteriorated after malaise at the start of the week at Brazzaville prison. Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko – 73 years old – is currently incarcerated there.

He was sentenced in may 2018 to twenty years in prison for endangering the internal security of the state and illegal possession of weapons and munitions of war. Charges he rejects. According to his lawyers, this is a political incarceration, General Mokoko having been a candidate in the presidential election of April 2016. Ex-chief of staff and ex-adviser to president Denis Sassou Nguesso, the soldier is detained since June 2016.

His lawyers are asking for his release on humanitarian grounds, said one of them, Maître Christian Locko, joined by Alexandra Brangeon from RFI’s Africa service.

We are concerned about his health. As lawyers, we are asking for his release, so that he can receive proper treatment.

This request is justified, since, in 2018, the UN working group had ordered his immediate and unconditional release. I do not know the health conditions of the Brazzaville prison, but as a precaution, it is not recommended, with the coronavirus pandemic, that a person of his age can be kept in detention

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According to the entourage of General Mokoko, the latter must undergo a Covid-19 test this Friday.


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