Angola: Coup Plotters Sentence Released

Luanda – Four months after the start of the trial of the seventeen youths accused of preparing acts of rebellion against state institutions and involvement in an association of malefactors, the Luanda Provincial Court last Monday passed the sentence.

With the Courtroom packed with relatives and friends of the accused, as well as journalists and jurists, the presiding judge, Januario Domingos, sentenced the defendants to prison terms ranging from four to eight years and six months in prison.

According to the sentence, the defendant Domingos da Cruz, for being considered the leader of the group, got the highest penalty, that is 8 years and six months in prison.

The Court also sentenced Sedrick de Carvalho, Jose Gomes Hata, Fernando Antonio Tomas “Nicolas”, Nelson Dibango, Albano Evaristo Bingo Bingo, Arante Kivuvo, InocA�ncio de Brito, Laurinda Gouveia, Hitler Tchikonde, Afonso Matias, Nuno Dala and Manuel Chivonde Nito Alves to four years and six months in jail.

In the same session, the defendant Nito Alves acquitted of the accusation of illegal change of name.

The defendant Luaty BeirAPound o was found guilty of the crimes of forgery of documents, preparatory acts of rebellion and participation in the association of malefactors, for which he was sentenced to serve a jail term of 5 years and six months.

The defendants Benedito Jeremias Dali “Dito” and Rosa Kusse Conde benefitted from extenuating circumstances, thus getting a jail term of two years and three months.

The defendant Osvaldo Caholo will wait sometime more for his sentence, because he also has a lawsuit in the Military Court.

Meanwhile, the defence lawyers have already submitted the appeal file to the Supreme Court in face of the sentence, which they disagree with.

Source: All Affrica