Agence France-PresseApril 20, 2013 11:30
Twelve activists in the Democratic Republic of Congo sentenced to 20 years behind bars for organising a demonstration have had their jail terms drastically reduced, a rights group said on Saturday.
"They were sentenced to a maximum of one year. Some were sentenced to six months in jail, others to a year," Jean-Claude Katende, head of the Kinshasa-based human rights organisation ASADHO, told AFP.
He added that "the fact the sentence was reduced from 20 years to a maximum of one year shows that the case against them was groundless".