ANGOLA: Rough Justice At a Show Trial

Africa's political show trial of the year was under way in Luanda last week, and seemingly everyone was tuned in. Citizens of the Angolan capital walked the streets with transistor radios pressed to their ears. In the evening, silent, intent knots of people watched tape replays of the trial over Angola's single, government-controlled TV channel. The unwilling stars of the judicial spectacular in Luanda's sandstone Chamber of Commerce building: 13 foreign mercenaries, all captured in the northern part of the country last February, who were accused in a 139-part indictment of more than 100 assorted crimes...

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