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Ex-President of Comoros Guilty of High Treason, Sentenced to Life Sold Passports to Stateless Persons from the Middle East

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Former President of Grande Comore Ahmed Abdallah Sambi. Image from Twitter/ @EasternPair

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Comoros ex-president, Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi, has been sentenced to life in prison after being charged with high treason on Monday. The state security court found the 64 year old   guilty of selling passports  to stateless people living in the Middle East, and prejudicing the government of millions of dollars.

President Sambi boycotted the hearing last weekJon Fermon, a lawyer representing Sambi, termed the trial and the ruling illegal, saying “there is not a piece of evidence,”  it is reported. Former resident Sambi has spent four years in jail for corruption. The prosecution said the former president embezzled millions of dollars for the sale of passports to foreigners. Fermon says they will take the case to the international forum to seek justice for Sambi.

President Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi was elected to office as president from President Azali Anjouan in 2006. He ruled the Indian ocean nation from 2006-2011 and after leaving power, President Sambi placed under house arrest for disturbing public order.

 

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