(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 18, 2016 Congolese independent presidential candidate Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko acknowledges his supporters at his closing rally in Brazzaville ahead of Sunday's Presidential elections. / AFP / MARCO LONGARI
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Congolese general and former presidential candidate Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko, 71, was sentenced Friday to 20 years for "undermining internal state security" after authorities accused him of trying to stage a coup.Mokoko, 71 and a former chief of staff of the Republic of Congo's army, has three days to appeal his conviction for undermining state security following the 2016 election in which he placed third.In March 2016, Mokoko won less than a 14-percent vote share as Sassou Nguesso was controversially declared a first-round winner.
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