After being held in custody for a little over a month and a half, the more than 139 individuals who had been arrested during a violent demonstration in Chad back in October have been set free. After a mass trial with 401 people, 80 were given suspended sentences that ranged from one to two years, while the other 59 were found not guilty.
On October 20, illegal protests were staged to remember the date that the military had initially promised to give over authority to civilians. The date was chosen since it was the 20th anniversary of that promise. A release order has been issued for every single one of these individuals. From this point forward, they are no longer confined and are free to return home. AFP was informed of this by Rachid Mahamat Allamine, who is the second deputy prosecutor in N’Djamena.
The trial was held in the prison of Koro Toro, which is located approximately 600 kilometers northeast of N’Djamena, the capital city, and was held behind closed doors for a period of four days in late November. During this time, the defendants did not have access to lawyers or independent news sources.
During the same proceeding, 262 people were found guilty of various crimes and received sentences ranging from two to three years in prison. “Illegal assembly, the destruction of property, the starting of fires, acts of violence and assault, and disturbing the peace are all violations.”
They were taken into custody in N’Djamena during and after the protest against the government that took place on October 20. About 50 people died during the demonstration. Most of them were killed in the capital, where the police opened fire on any attempt, no matter how small, to hold a rally.
The administration had admitted that 601 people had been detained in the nation’s capital and that they had been moved to the high-security facility known as Koro Toro. They were accused of trying to carry out an “insurrection” and of attempting to do so by the transitional president, Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno, in a “coup d’état.” On Thursday, 80 youths between the ages of 13 and 18 were allowed to leave the juvenile detention center after getting out of jail.