UK man goes on trial in DRC for cellmate's death

2014-01-07 15:06

(Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

Kinshasa - The trial of a British-Norwegian citizen accused of killing his Norwegian cellmate last year while they both served time for murder has formally begun, Congolese officials said Tuesday.

Joshua French, who formerly served in the UK parachute regiment, stands accused of strangling Tjostolv Moland to death last August after subduing him with a chemical substance, Captain Serge Kabondo said during a military tribunal hearing.

French and Moland were found guilty in 2009 of murdering their driver and attempting to murder a witness. They were sentenced to death.

The court in the northeastern city of Kisangani also convicted them of spying for Norway because they were carrying military ID cards at the time. They have denied the charges and the Norwegian government has denied that the men were spies.

An autopsy carried out after Moland's August death by Congolese and Norwegian officials concluded that Moland hanged himself.

However, a Congolese official announced last month that evidence had emerged implicating French in Moland's killing, and that French would face a second murder charge.

French's lawyer has dismissed the allegation as baseless.

Death sentence

The British charity organization Reprieve on Monday urged the UK government to intervene in the case.

"The government has already tallied too long," said Maya Foa, the director of Reprieve's death penalty team. "If the trial goes ahead in a military court, Joshua may well be given a death sentence, and all hopes of him leaving the prison alive will be dashed."

Norway has sent a special envoy to monitor the case.

Tuesday's hearing was also attended by French's mother, Kari Hilde, who has also called for UK government action.

"Joshua has already lost his best friend and nearly five years of his life," Hilde said in a statement Monday. "Now he's being falsely accused of murder. How much more will he have to endure before the British government takes serious action?"

The next steps in the trial have been delayed until Friday so that the court can locate the necessary translators.

- AP
Read more on:    drc  |  uk  |  central africa
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News

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

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers 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

Something may be bothering you. A flooded mind and impulsive reactions are not a good combination as you are not thinking clearly....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.