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Congo opposition leader again stopped from travel: family

AFP  |  Brazzaville(Congo) 

Congolese Paulin Makaya, recently released from prison after three years, has again been prevented from leaving Brazzaville, his family said Saturday.

stopped Makaya from boarding an flight to on Friday evening, his son told AFP. From there, he had been due to fly on to

"He turned up on Friday a little before 7:00 pm (1800 GMT) with his British passport. The turned him back immediately on the pretext that he is banned from leaving the country," he said.

Makaya was also stopped from travelling on September 28, officially because he did not have a permit to leave the country.

But this time, his son said, he had the necessary papers -- and a letter from the calling on the authorities in to provide him with assistance to make the trip.

A copy of this letter has been posted on social media, an noted.

A spokesman, who asked not to be named, told AFP if had not been authorised to travel, it was because his papers were not in order.

Makaya was only released from prison on September 17.

A close associate of former Congolese Bernard Kolelas, Makaya was jailed after organising a banned demonstration against the constitutional referendum that allowed to seek another term in March 2016.

Nguesso has run Congo, a small, in central Africa, for more than 34 years.

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First Published: Sat, October 13 2018. 20:30 IST
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