Portal Home Page Provincial News Home Email this Page Printable Version RSS Feed

 
  Other Articles from THIS province
  News by Regions
and Provinces
Online News distributed by the
Diocese of Antsiranana
(Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean)
Photo No. : P100829-1

 
Marc Ravalomanana was sentenced for a 3rd time in absentia for the February 2009 murders of at least 30 people by his presidential guard.Madagascar's exiled former president has been sentenced to life in prison with hard labour for ordering the killing of opposition supporters.

 
ANTSIRANANA 100829-1
August 29, 2010

[Diocese of Antsiranana - Indian Ocean]  Exiled Madagascan leader Ravalomanana sentenced

Madagascar's exiled former president has been sentenced to life in prison with hard labour for ordering the killing of opposition supporters.



Mr Ravalomanana has been living in South Africa since March 2009.

Those killed were supporters of Andry Rajoelina, who has now taken over the government.

Mr Ravalomanana was charged with murder and being an accessory to murder, along with 18 other people, some of whom are also in exile.

Crisis
The former president's defence lawyers walked out on the trial shortly after the hearings began, saying the court was being used by Mr Rajoelina's administration.

"The aim is to sentence him so he can't return to Madagascar and run in future elections," lawyer Hanitra Razafimanantsoa told news agency AFP.

Madagascar has been in the midst of a political crisis for the past 19 months.

It is the third sentence given to Mr Ravalomanana by a court since he left the country.