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Mon Mar 28, 2016, 12:19 PM

Angolan rapper Luaty Beirao jailed for rebellion

Source: BBC

Angolan rapper Luaty Beirao jailed for rebellion

28 March 2016 Africa

A prominent Angolan rapper has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison for planning a rebellion against President Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

Luaty Beirao was sentenced by a court in the capital, Luanda, along with 16 other activists who were given jail terms of between two and eight years.

The 17 were arrested in June after discussing a book about non-violent resistance at their book club.

Mr dos Santos has ruled oil-rich Angola since 1979.

Beirao, also known by his stage name Ikonoklasta, has been an outspoken critic of the government, calling for a fairer distribution of the southern African state's oil wealth.

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Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35912505



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