The Revolutionary Court in Brazzaville has begun proceedings against a number of high-ranking officials who are accused of spreading anti-government propaganda.
GV Exterior Brazzaville Town Hall.
LV Interior Court in session.
SV Armed guards.
SV PAN from court to defendant in witness box (2 shots)
SV Public prosecutors Massengo and Nzanzou.
SV Three French counsel
CU M. Pucci
CU M. Brudey
CU M. Godey
SV and CU tow public prosecutors.
SV PAN defendants seated.
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Background: The Revolutionary Court in Brazzaville has begun proceedings against a number of high-ranking officials who are accused of spreading anti-government propaganda.
Among those accused is M. Mberi Martin, a former member of the National Revolutionary Council. The accused have admitted producing anti-government tracts because they claimed President Marien Ngouabi had organised a group of men to remove people from their homelands.
First news of the case came of March 18, when Congo-Brazzaville radio reported that security forces had arrested several men for preparing tracts "inciting a civil war".
The defendants apparently come mostly form the Niary Valley in the south of the country. They are accused of inciting the people to tribal warfare, in claiming that northerners dominate the country, and calling upon southerners to resist this dominations.
SYNOPSIS: In Brazzaville, the Revolutionary Court of the Congo People's Republic has begun proceedings against a group of men accused of spreading anti-government propaganda.
Among the accused in Mberi Martin, a former secretary for-press and propaganda in the National Revolutionary Council. The group were arrested in March amid claims that they had incited the people to tribalism and civil war. Most of the accused come from the Niary Valley in the south, and are said to have called on southern Congolese to resist domination by people from northern areas of the country.
The trial is being conducted in public, and the case for the defence is being presented by three French barristers.
There are two public prosecutors, one of them Minister of Justice and Information Moudileno Massengo. The defendants have admitted publishing the tracts, and say they did so because they believed President Ngouabi had organised a group of men to remove political opponents from their homelands.