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Chadian opposition leader released without charge


Chadian opposition leader Mahamat Adoum, has been released without charge, 24 hours after he was arrested while visiting the former mayor of Moundou, Medard Laokein in prison over the weekend.

The head of the Republican National Party, was picked up by Police in Moundou, the economic capital, minutes after a scuffle between police and supporters of Medard, who is also a former presidential candidate in the 2016 elections. He is a strong opponent against the country’s leader.

Medard came third in the last presidential poll which was won by President Idriss Deby, who has held power in Chad since 1990.

Medard was the mayor of Moundou but was forced out in late June, and jailed, charged with embezzlement of funds.

Also on Monday, Police arrested Bruno Guelkor, for printing T-shirts calling for the release of the former mayor. On them was the inscription, “we support Laokein, free him”

In reaction, Medard’s lawyer Boniface Mouandilmadji said, “people who wear the T-shirts are disrobed by Police”, describing the arrests as a political affair against opposition.

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