Cops on trial over DRC activist killing

2010-11-12 12:48

Kinshasa, DRC – The trial began in Kinshasa today of eight police officers accused of the murder of leading Congolese human rights activist Floribert Chebeya in June.

Chebeya, who headed the prominent human rights organisation La Voix des Sans Voix (VSV - The Voice of the Voiceless), disappeared on June 1 after going to police headquarters in Kinshasa.

He was found dead the following day, tied up on the back seat of his car on the outskirts of the capital. His driver, Fidele Bazana, was never found. VSV staff believe that both men were murdered.

Five of the eight accused, who include head of special services Colonel Daniel Mukalay, with Major Georges Kitungwa and Lieutenant François Ngoy, were in court.

The three other accused are on the run and will be judged in their absence by the court in Gombe, a posh part of Kinshasa.

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