Cabinda rights activist jailed

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The Independent Online

A human rights activist has been jailed for three years by an Angolan court for committing crimes against the state.

Andre Zeferino Puati, along with several prominent figures in the province of Cabinda, was arrested after the separatist group Flec killed two members of the Togo football team in January as they travelled by bus to the Africa Cup of Nations.

"This trial was a sham designed to do away with Cabindans that have spoken out against human rights abuses in the enclave," said Puati's lawyer. Authorities say they found documents on Puati aimed at inciting protests.