Norwegians live to face retrial

2010-04-22 21:17

kalahari.com

Kinshasha - Death sentences imposed on two Norwegians in the Democratic Republic of Congo for killing a driver were overturned on Thursday, their lawyer announced, adding that the men would be retried.

A military tribunal had previously rejected an appeal by Tjostolv Moland, 28, and Joshua French, 27, sentenced to death last year for the murder of the driver of the vehicle they rented.

"The decision of the military court in Kisangani was annulled today," lawyer Guillaume Likwela told AFP.

"We will restart the trial before a differently constituted military court in Kisangani, that is, with different magistrates," said Likwela, without giving reasons for the overturning of the death sentences.

On December 3 a military tribunal in the northern DR Congo rejected an appeal by the Norwegians against death sentences for the May 5 murder of the driver in mineral-rich Orientale province.

Spying

The two, who were in Kisangani either as tourists or on business depending on varying reports, have said their driver was killed by bandits and have maintained their innocence.

The duo were also found guilty of spying, which they have also denied.

The men, both former soldiers, and the Norwegian state were ordered to pay $500m in reparations to the Congolese state, and more than a million to the victim's family and work colleagues.

Oslo has said the men had no ties to the Norwegian government. French also has British nationality.

After the initial sentence, Norway said it had received assurances that the Congolese government would not apply the death penalty and that Kinshasa would investigate the possibility of the men serving part of their sentences in Norway.

- SAPA
Read more on:    drc
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/Music
Traffic & Train Alerts
Traffic
Cape Town 18:17 PM
Road name: Wet Weather

RAIN across the Cape Town area - turn on headlights, reduce speeds and drive with care

Hout Bay 09:25 AM
Road name: Chapmans Peak Drive

WEDNESDAYS - STOP / GO controls between 10am and 3pm for Alien Vegetation Clearing - every Wednesday - weather permitting

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 30% off top fragrances

Get mind blowing savings on selected fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 40% off fashion accessories

Save up to 40% on selected handbags, purses, watches, jewellery and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2000 on top electronics

Get every day mind bowing savings on top electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to 50% on Women’s month treats!

Celebrate the awesome women in your life with awesome treats like beauty products, fashion accessories, bestselling books, electronics and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Today you may want to bond with your children and need to connect to your imaginative and playful side. It may be that you are...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.