Benin opposition figure Joel Aivo, detained since mid-April after being barred from running in presidential elections, appeared in court on Thursday, where his lawyers condemned what they said was his arbitrary arrest.
Several opposition leaders in the West African state were detained before or just after the April 11 vote that saw President Patrice Talon win a second term with more than 86 percent of the votes.
Aivo, arrested on April 15 and accused of undermining state security, is being tried at the Economic Crime and Terrorism Court (CRIET) in the administrative capital, Porto-Novo.
Defense attorney Barnabe Baglo accused the prosecution of wasting time by trying to declare the court incompetent to hear the case and leaving the procedural file empty.
“There is nothing in the file, it’s an empty dossier,” he said. “We have already lost three months.”
The trial is postponed until August 5.