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Guinea: Justice acquits celebrity in trial scrutinized by rights advocates

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A court in Guinea on Wednesday acquitted a civil society figure of taking part in undeclared public meetings, in a trial criticized as a further challenge to rights under the ruling junta.

A court in the suburbs of Conakry ruled that Abdourahmane Sano, former coordinator of a democracy collective, had failed to comply with the reporting requirement, but that the law did not provide for any penalty for this offence, an AFP correspondent noted.

The prosecution had requested an 18-month suspended prison sentence against Mr Sano for his participation in undeclared meetings, one of which was filmed in a school in November. Mr Sano is in the process of setting up a new movement.

The ruling was scrutinized by rights activists amid pressure on freedoms and the opposition. The junta that took power by force in 2021 has banned demonstrations since May 13, 2022.

The opposition accuses it of seizing power and silencing any dissenting voices through arrests of prominent figures and judicial investigations.

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