The trial of thirteen activists of the Initiative for the resurgence of the abolitionist movement (IRA) accused of “using violence” and “attack against the government”, opened Wednesday in Nouakchott, the capital.
The accused have all pleaded not guilty.
Forty lawyers defending the accused, arrested between late June and early July for their alleged involvement in a violent protest on the sidelines of the forced displacement of inhabitants of Ksar, a slum in Nouakchott, June 29
According to local authorities, a dozen police officers were then wounded by protesters angry.
The defendants face two years in prison
The defense has dismissed the “red-handed” evoked by the accusation, saying that 13 militants “were arrested at their homes or places of work and not during the riots.”
If convicted, the defendants could face up to two years in prison and a fine.
Wednesday dozens of IRA activists gathered outside the courthouse to support the accused.
the security forces were deployed, since the day before, around the building.
Amnesty International and many other international NGOs demanding the release of militants of the IRA.
Source: BBC Africa