Former President Ahmed Abdallah Sambi was given a life sentence for high treason by a Comoros court.
He had been charged with embezzling millions of dollars and was found guilty of selling passports to stateless persons residing in the Gulf.
Sambi, 64, objected to going to the proceedings at the State Security Court, whose decisions cannot be challenged, citing an unfair trial.
Prior to being on trial, Sambi had already served four years in prison and is the President of the Comoros, Azali Assoumani’s bitter adversary.
In 2008, he worked to establish a law permitting the sale of passports for the east African nation of islands for a hefty price. There was no proof of money disappearing, according to his attorney.