DRC police to appear in court on murder charges

2010-11-10 11:09

Kinshasa – Eight senior police officers would appear before a military court on murder charges on Friday following the death of a leading Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) human rights activist, court sources said today.

The national police special investigations section chief, Colonel Daniel Mukalay, is charged, along with three majors and other ranking police officers, with the murder of Floribert Chebeya, a dissident who was found dead in his car in June, said the clerk of Kinshasa’s Gombe military court.

Chebeya and his driver, Fidele Bazana, disappeared on June 1 after going to the police headquarters where the president of the non-governmental organisation La Voix des Sans-Voix (The Voice of the Voiceless) had a rendezvous with police chief John Numbi.

The meeting apparently never took place and Chebeya’s body was found tied up on the back seat of his car the following day. The body of his chauffeur has not been found.

The death caused an international outcry and triggered demands for a transparent inquiry.

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