Ahmed Abdallah Sambi, former president of Comoros, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for “high treason” by the state security court of the archipelago. The court announced this after a hearing.
It is not possible to appeal against the decision. Sambi himself was only briefly present in court at the beginning of the trial, but after this, the 64-year-old former president chose not to show up.
During his presidency (2006-2011), Sambi passed a law whereby passports were sold at high prices to people seeking a nationality. But under this program, Sambi would have embezzled a fortune, the prosecutor claims.
It would be more than 1.8 billion euros, more than the GDP of the Indian Ocean archipelago.