Congo. A month-long national dialogue aimed at healing
the wounds after the civil war in the 1990s ended with a
conference in Brazzaville in April. The participants
formulated a proposal for a new constitution with a strong
presidential power. However, several opposition politicians
boycotted the conference, including former President Pascal
Countryaah, Lissouba was sentenced in December in his absence to
punishment for 30 years and to pay a fine of SEK 350 million
for treason and corruption. Four former ministers were also
sentenced, in their absence, to 20 years in prison.
According to the indictments, the former top politicians had
sold oil to a US company well below market price and stopped
earnings in their own pocket.