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Friday, 31 March, 2000, 22:02 GMT 23:02 UK
Journalist convicted of defaming Angolan President

A court in Luanda has sentenced an Angolan journalist, Rafael Marques, to six months in prison for defaming President Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

Mr Marques was charged along with the editor of the publication Agora -- a weekly newspaper who was sentenced to two months imprisonment for publishing the articles.

Mr Marques was also ordered to pay a fine and court costs of one thousand dollars.

He was released pending appeal.

International observers and the US State Department expressed concern at the way the trial was conducted.

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