The first case of yellow fever turned up in December in Angola's Luanda province, the country's most populous province and home to the capital city of the same name. The virus has since killed nearly 300 people.
Angola is in the grips of a health crisis, with malaria deaths surging and a yellow fever epidemic also spreading — and being carried by travelers to countries as far away as China.
A court in the Southern African country issued the verdict on Monday, sentencing the group of activists to as many as eight years in jail for plotting a rebellion against the government during a book club meeting last June.
Jose Eduardo dos Santos has led Angola since 1979 — only one other African leader has been in power longer. But he has said before he would step down, and didn't.
The case has elicited international outcry from politicians and activists around the world against a government that appears determined to stifle dissent within the southern African nation.
Marques told VICE News the generals agreed to end their quest to silence him, and did not contest the allegations of killings and torture in the country's diamond-rich Lunda Norte province.
Award-winning investigative journalist Rafael Marques de Morais is facing defamation charges over his allegations that nine Angolan generals committed crimes against humanity.
Corruption isn't rare on the African continent—or indeed anywhere else in the world—but Angola's iteration is particularly extreme. Th elite has fed at the trough of oil and gas for over 30 years, and the nation continues a campaign of stifling freedom...