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Activist Luther “King” promises to fight for the “urgent need to defend Angola and Angolans”

Activist Luther “King” Campos said this Friday that he was satisfied with the restitution of his freedom, after being sentenced to one year and 10 months with a suspended sentence, and promised to “continue to fight” for the “urgent need to defend Angola and the Angolans”.

: Lusa

"Thank God I was restored to freedom, let's continue, we have an urgent need to defend Angola and the Angolans", said the activist, from the prison service vehicle, outside the court, where a group of activists shouted "resistance".

The term "resistance" has been a watchword for many activists during demonstrations in Luanda, and was used this Friday by them to demonstrate satisfaction with Luther's freedom, right outside the Luanda District Court, even in the presence of of police officers on the spot.

Satisfaction with the freedom of the well-known activist, arrested on January 12, 2023 following a taxi drivers' strike in Luanda, was expressed by the activist Simão Cativa, stating, however, that Luther "was really a political prisoner".

"Really, what matters most now is the man's release, but I wasn't very happy with the judge's decision, because all they did is fabricate a crime, practically the regime fabricated crimes that he didn't commit, simply to look good on tape", he stated.

Simão Cativa continued: "My brother (Luther) is a political prisoner, he was arrested by the regime, because at that stage the demonstrations were really on the surface and that happened in order to stifle our protests in the street".

Activist Luther "King" Campos was sentenced to one year and 10 months in prison for the crime of public instigation, with a sentence suspended for a period of five years.

The sentence of the activist, considered a "political prisoner" by civil society organizations, was read by the judge in charge of the case, Biscai Cassoma.

According to the judge, it was only proven that the defendant committed the crime of public instigation, and crimes of outrage against the State, its symbols and bodies, rebellion and criminal association were not proven.

The ruling dictated a sentence of one year and 10 months in prison, payment of 100,000 kwanzas in court fees and unofficial compensation to the State in the amount of 500,000 kwanzas.

The judge, however, decided to suspend the sentence for a period of five years "for reasons of serious illness" of the defendant, "under the condition that he does not again commit crimes of the same nature that generate similar situations".


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