Sentenced to six years in prison in July 2020, his lawyers appealed. Former deputy close to Ali Bongo, Bertrand Zibi Abeghe, had joined the opposition in a very crushing way during the 2016 election campaign. Bertrand Zibi Abeghe was arrested on 31 August 2016 during the Army’s attack on HQ Jean Ping.
as reported from Libreville, Yves-Laurent Goma
Bertrand Zibi Abeghe has been awaiting its appeal for 18 months. Under Article 300 of the new Penal Code, in the event of an appeal, if the accused is not prosecuted within the following two months, he must be granted temporary release.
Strangely enough, explains his lawyer Me Fadi Imbong, the Court of Appeal has declared itself incompetent in its case: “We thought that she could not declare herself incompetent, because when you declare yourself incompetent, you have to go to the competent court in the case. the Court of Appeal to examine this case in substance. This is what must be done on Monday, 18 January 2021. “
The lawyer is not convinced that Bertrand Zibi will be released on Monday: “No decision will be made about the seat. Judges should take all their time to consider each other’s arguments. But no matter, I am convinced and I have high hopes that Mr Bertrand Zibi will be released by the Court of Appeal. “
Bertrand Zibi has been in prison for five years. He is being prosecuted for illegal possession of a firearm and incitement to assault and battery. According to his supporters, he is a political prisoner, which the power rejects.