31 May '18, 7pm

Madagascar court upholds sentence for environmental activist

Madagascar court upholds sentence for environmental activist

In September 2017 a farmer named Raleva questioned a mining company about its permits during a meeting in his village in southeastern Madagascar. He was promptly arrested on charges of impersonating a local official. In October, he was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison, but immediately released on parole — a common tactic in Madagascar that appears to be aimed at silencing opposition. On May 22, an appeals court announced its decision to uphold the conviction. Advocacy groups are now trying to put together a legal team that can take the case to Madagascar’s Supreme Court. A farmer turned environmental activist who was convicted on criminal charges after questioning a mining company about its permits has had his appeal denied by a court in Madagascar. The ruling last week extends a worrying pattern of Madagascar courts taking a hard stance against environmental...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2018/05/madagascar-court-uphold...

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