Madougou was arrested in March just weeks before the election, accused of financing an operation to assassinate political figures to prevent the vote, in an alleged bid to “destabilise” the country.

Madougou was one of several Benin opposition leaders banned from running in an election in April. (AFP)
Benin opposition leader and former justice minister Reckya Madougou has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for terrorism before a special court in the capital Porto-Novo. After more than 20 hours of hearings on Friday, Madougou, 47, was found guilty of “complicity in terrorist acts” by the Economic Crime and Terrorism Court, or Criet, which on Tuesday sentenced another key opposition figure to 10 years. “This court has deliberately decided to penalise an innocent person,” Madougou said shortly before her prison sentence was announced. “I have never been and I will never be a terrorist,” she added. One of her lawyers, Robert Dossou, noted that it was a sad day for their justice system, saying that there was no evidence for the accusations. Critics say the court, set up in 2016, has been used by President Patrice Talon’s regime to crack down on the opposition and pushed Benin into authoritarianism. Barred from elections Madougou was one of several Benin opposition leaders banned from running in an election in April in which Talon won a second term with 86 percent of the vote. https://www.deviantart.com/espnlive/journal/WatCh-UFC-269-Live-Stream-Reddit-Free-900422691 https://www.deviantart.com/espnlive/journal/Watch-Live-UFC-269-Live-Stream-Reddit-Free-On-TV-900421820 https://www.deviantart.com/espnlive/journal/Full-fight-Oliveira-vs-Poirier-Live-Stream-FREE-900421903 https://www.deviantart.com/espnlive/journal/LiVeSTrEaM-UFC-269-Live-Stream-Reddit-Free-On-TV-900421918 https://www.deviantart.com/espnlive/journal/Officialvs-Poirier-vs-Oliveira-Live-Stream-FREE-900421932 https://www.deviantart.com/espnlive/journal/Watch-Free-UFC-269-Live-Stream-Free-Reddit-On-TV-900421943 https://www.deviantart.com/espnlive/journal/MMA-Streams-Poirier-vs-Oliveira-Live-Stream-TV-900421958 https://www.deviantart.com/espnlive/journal/GamE-Free-UFC-269-Live-Stream-Reddit-Free-Fight-900421971 https://www.deviantart.com/espnlive/journal/Live-UFC-269-Live-Stream-Free-Reddit-On-TV-900421993 https://www.deviantart.com/espnlive/journal/WatCh-Oliveira-vs-Poirier-Live-Stream-Free-MMA-900422019 https://www.deviantart.com/espnlive/journal/Crackstreams-UFC-269-Live-Stream-Free-Reddit-900422035 https://www.deviantart.com/espnlive/journal/BuffStreams-Oliveira-vs-Poirier-Live-Stream-Free-900422047 https://www.deviantart.com/espnlive/journal/WATCH-UFC-269-Live-Stream-On-Reddit-Online-FREE-900422283 https://www.deviantart.com/espnlive/journal/How-to-Watch-Oliveira-vs-Poirier-Live-Stream-Free-900422306 https://www.deviantart.com/espnlive/journal/FREE-UFC-269-Live-Stream-Reddit-FREE-MMA-Fight-900422324 https://www.deviantart.com/espnlive/journal/Fight-UFC-269-Game-Free-Online-Reddit-On-TV-900422333 https://www.deviantart.com/espnlive/journal/Reddit-Free-UFC-269-Live-Stream-Free-MMA-Fight-900422350 https://www.deviantart.com/espnlive/journal/Streams-Poirier-vs-Oliveira-Live-Stream-Reddit-900422365 https://www.deviantart.com/espnlive/journal/FREE-Poirier-vs-Oliveira-Live-Stream-Reddit-On-TV-900422393 https://www.deviantart.com/espnlive/journal/FREE-UFC-269-Live-Stream-Reddit-MMA-Full-Fight-900422409 https://www.deviantart.com/espnlive/journal/Streams-Poirier-vs-Oliveira-Live-Stream-Reddit-900422429 https://www.deviantart.com/espnlive/journal/MMA-UFC-269-Live-Stream-Free-Reddit-Online-Game-900422459 https://www.deviantart.com/espnlive/journal/LiVE-Poirier-vs-Oliveira-UFC-Game-Online-FREE-900422471 https://www.deviantart.com/espnlive/journal/HDQ-UFC-269-Live-Stream-Reddit-FREE-On-Las-Vegas-900422518 https://www.deviantart.com/espnlive/journal/UFC-269-Live-Stream-Free-On-Reddit-Full-Fight-900422545 https://www.deviantart.com/espnlive/journal/Oliveira-vs-Poirier-Watch-UFC-Fight-Live-Stream-900422564 https://www.deviantart.com/espnlive/journal/WATCH-Poirier-vs-Oliveira-Live-Stream-On-UFC-269-900422579 https://www.deviantart.com/espnlive/journal/UFC-269-Live-Stream-Reddit-MMA-Full-Fight-Card-900422592 http://www.justaaa.com/topic.php?tid=328763 https://precisioncranehoist.com/groups/watch-live-ufc-269-live-stream-reddit-free-on-tv/ https://ginacarano.net/groups/mma-streams-poirier-vs-oliveira-live-stream-reddit-on-tv/members/all-members/ She was arrested in March – just weeks before the election – accused of financing an operation to assassinate political figures to prevent the vote, in an alleged bid to “destabilise” the country. One of her France-based lawyers Antoine Vey told the trial on Friday that “this procedure is nothing but a political attack”. “Even before her arrest, everything was orchestrated,” Vey said a day after arriving from Paris. He asked for the trial to be cancelled, before leaving the court and never returning. He then said that it was “a trial in which nothing was judicial”. Multi-party democracy dented by muzzled opposition Benin was long praised for its thriving multi-party democracy in a troubled region. But critics say the West African state’s democracy has steadily eroded under Talon, a 63-year-old cotton magnate first elected in 2016. Some opposition leaders have fled the country while others were disqualified from running in elections, or targeted for investigation. Joel Aivo, a professor who had been held for eight months, was found guilty on Tuesday of plotting against the state and money laundering. Aivo, who was also barred from running in the election, was arrested on April 15, four days after the ballot that saw Talon returned to power. 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He now lives in exile.

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