In Benin Republic, A 47-year-old politician went on trial and pleaded not guilty to the accusation of terrorism. It took the court 20 hours to hear her case.
Reckya Madougou revealed that before they announced her sentence, the court had decided to imprison her even though she is innocent and has never been involved in an act of terrorism.
Since 2016, many opposition leaders have been exiled or banned for running for office in the Benin Republic. At the time, critics revealed that the country had been walking into authoritarianism under President Parice Talon.
Madougou was accused of terrorism. Because she tried to stop the election and destabilise the country.
The opposition leader appeared in the country’s Economic Crime and Terrorism Court on charges of financing terrorism.
Before she was sentenced, they detained the ex-justice minister for over eight months.
Reckya is the leader of the country’s largest opposition party, the Democrats, and she hopes to be the first female presidential candidate to come from a major party.
She was, however, rejected as a candidate for the presidential election in April 2021.
Reckya’s supporters and lawyers say that the trial is political, while the Beninese government officials dismiss claims of political interference and say the Benin judiciary is independent.