A court in Comoros has sentenced a top opposition figure to seven years behind bars for assault during a controversial referendum on changes to the constitution. It was the latest in a string of sentences handed down to political figures who opposed a series of constitutional reforms enabling President Azali Assoumani to extend his term in office. In a ruling late on Monday, the security court sentenced Ahmed el-Barwane, secretary-general of the opposition Juwa party, for ordering an attack on a soldier during a July referendum on the reforms. It also handed 20 years jail time to another Juwa MP, Tocha Johar, who was also on trial alongside another 20 or so people accused of attacking a policeman. Two of the group were acquitted while the others were handed shorter sentences ranging from several months to three years. “The court’s decisions cannot be appealed, which means they are violating the constitution and the international agreements which Comoros is a party to,” said lawyer A...

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