Singer sentenced to three years in jail
Several news sites reported that the popular singer Lapiro de Mbanga was sentenced to three years in jail for taking part in anti-government riots in Cameroon in February 2008.
Protests and appeals
Criticising the government
Lapiro’s wife denied that he took part in the riots. She told AFP news agency that her husband actually calmed people down, preventing them to burn down the city hall in his hometown Mbanga.
However, Augustin Mbami from Lapiro’s defence said to Cameroon-info that the verdict isn’t as bad as it could have been, considering that Lapiro only was found guilty to three out of six charges and that the SPM had claimed one billion CFA francs in damages.
Lapiro de Mbanga
African Press Agency – 25 September 2008:
‘Cameroonian artist jailed for role in riots’
BBC News Africa – 25 September 2008:
‘Cameroon singer jailed for riots’
Cameroon-info – 25 September 2008:
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