Former Comoros President Gets Life Imprisonment for High Treason

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.

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