A legislator from eastern Congo has been sentenced to three years in prison and stripped of his post after making critical comments about governmental authorities during a radio broadcast.
Muhindo Nzangi was accused of breaching state security after making the comments on private station Radio KivuOne.
In the verdict handed down late Tuesday, he was acquitted of more serious charges against him that carried a possible 20-year sentence.
Defense attorney Ruffin Lukoo said Nzangi’s sentence is alarming and undermines democracy in this Central African country.
Nzangi hails from Goma in eastern Congo, where the Congolese army and United Nations forces are stepping up their efforts against rebel groups. Goma briefly fell into the hands of M23 rebels last November and those fighters have said they’re not ruling out another attack.