Pulse.com.gh logo

Togo 15 anti-government protesters jailed

The fifteen, including PAN Secretary General, Dr. Kossi Sama, were given sentences ranging between five and nine months by the court.

  • Published:

Join the "kokonsa" clique.Don't miss a thing, get the latest updates to fuel your conversation daily

By signing up , you agree to our Privacy Policy and European users agree to the data transfer policy

Thank You! You have successfully subscribed to receive pulse.com.gh daily newsletter.

Fifteen supporters of Togolese opposition party, Pan African National Party (PAN) have been handed jail terms for their role in recent anti-government protests.

The fifteen, including PAN Secretary General, Dr. Kossi Sama, were given sentences ranging between five and nine months by the court, Africanews.com reports.

Paul Dodi Apevon, one of their lawyers who described the case as a politically motivated one, said: “All they’ve said today is that people damaged public property, but no-one has testified to this.

“There is nothing in the prosecution case that names a witness who could prove that they were seen somewhere doing a specific crime,” he added.

A protest in the country recently left seven people dead and about 27 arrested.

The protest was to challenge the presidency of Faure Gnassingbe.

The Gnassingbe family has been ruling Togo since 1967 after a coup by Eyadéma.

play Faure Gnassingbé


READ ALSO: Chaos in Lome as protesters declare another day of demonstration

Faure who is also the new chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has won three presidential elections.

But many argue that he won those elections under controversial circumstances.

Residents of Togo are now demanding that the Constitution be amended to prevent his family’s continued stay in power.

Meanwhile, a pro-government demonstration also took place on Tuesday. This was led by Prime Minister Selorm Klassou. He was joined by other state functionaries and supporters of the ruling Rally of the Togolese People (RTP).

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Ghana?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +233507713497, Social Media @pulseghana: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.com.gh.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos

Top Articles

1 European women visiting Africa solely for sexual pleasurebullet
2 China to launch fake ‘moon’ into space to replace street lightsbullet
3 55 dead after market row in northern Nigeria: presidencybullet
4 Thousands of Central American migrants stranded on Mexican borderbullet
5 Weird facts about Ghana These are the top 10 weird facts about...bullet
6 Colombian military copter crashes, killing 4: officialsbullet
7 Trump says US will pull out of nuclear deal with Russiabullet
8 Mexico allows caravan women, children in, but thousands...bullet
9 Ghana Airport Review Ghana Airport Review: Which is the...bullet
10 Deadline looms for Italy to ease EU budget concernsbullet

Top Videos

1 Shithole Comment US lawmakers wear Ghana's 'kente' to protest Trump’s...bullet
2 Sex Robot Meet Solana, a sex robot with removable face and changeable moodbullet
3 Holy Fake News Pope says serpent temptation in Bible ‘first fake news’bullet
4 Video Ghanaian Harvard student openly ‘assaulted’ by Policebullet
5 Power Oldest African presidentsbullet
6 Super Surprising Saddam Hussein wrote a romantic novel and...bullet
7 Governments Owing 8 African countries with the highest...bullet