Activist Marcos Mavungo, detained in Cabinda since March 2015 and released today by decision of the Supreme Court of Angola, told Lusa that he was not “discouraged” by the 433 days he spent in jail.
“I am physically free, although during the 433 days I spent in jail I always felt like a free man. Fortunately, I am free, but I think my detention and conviction is an isolated case, because the interest at the moment is that there is justice in Angola. , that there are no more people to be murdered, persecuted, children to be 433 days without their father, simply because the ‘regime man’ wanted “, the human rights activist said.
Marcos Mavungo was speaking to Lusa shortly after he was released from the Cabinda jail by order of the Supreme Court, which, according to the activist’s defense, upheld the appeal to the sentence, in the first instance, for the crime of rebellion, to six years of effective imprisonment. .
“There were 433 days, very difficult moments, sentenced without having done anything, without having done justice. Separated from his wife, without salary, sick and persecuted even in jail. They were very difficult moments for me, but I am not discouraged”, guaranteed Mavungo , assuming that it will continue to defend the national interest.
“Let there be no more theft of public funds, that is what matters,” he said, already in the company of his family.
Marcos Mavungo was released today, after serving more than a year of a six-year prison sentence at first instance, revoked by decision of the Angolan Supreme Court, his lawyer Francisco Luemba told Lusa .
The activist was arrested on March 14, 2015 after organizing a demonstration in defense of human rights in Cabinda, having been sentenced on September 14 to six years in prison for the crime of rebellion.
The defense argued, in the appeal to the Supreme Court, the illegality of the activist’s detention, the violation of procedural rules, namely the expiry of preventive detention “without having been notified of the charge”, and the nullity of the order of pronouncement, among other points .
“The process had in fact many illegalities and several irregularities, which we raised in the appeal to the Supreme Court,” pointed out Francisco Luemba, reserving more comments on this decision until after consulting the judgment that ordered the release of Marcos Mavungo.
During the trial, which took place between 26 and 28 August 2015, at the Court of Cabinda, more than a dozen witnesses were heard.
According to the Public Prosecutor’s Order, the 53-year-old activist was also accused of inciting violence, appearing associated with the police’s recovery of explosive material – 10 200-gram TNT blocks and a detonating cord roll – the day before. of a demonstration scheduled for March 14, in the province of Cabinda.
These charges of involvement – constituting a crime of rebellion against the state – were refuted before and during the trial by the defense and the defendant.
“It is a disrepute for Justice and the people, who have no protectors, ministers or generals to protect them, are left to the insurgents. Justice would be the last resort, but when it legalizes injustices, there is no hope for the people”, vented the lawyer Francisco Luemba, after reading the sentence, on September 14 last.
Amnesty International even declared in September 2015 that Mavungo was a “prisoner of conscience” and called for international pressure to demand the “immediate and unconditional” release of the activist.
He was the fourth citizen of Cabinda – province and enclave in which Angola’s independence is claimed – to be declared “prisoner of conscience” by Amnesty International since 2007.