Two DR Congo Officials On Trial for Crimes Against Humanity

High Court in Kinshasa (courtesy photo)

An important trial in the “Mulombodi” case has been opened in Kinshasa. A religious site near Kananga airport was the scene of atrocities in September 2016; two top Congolese police and army officers are on trial for their alleged role in the violence. 

On the nights of September 23 and 24, 2016, members of the Congolese National Police and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC), who had gone in pursuit of the militiamen, broke down the doors of the religious site one by one. According to the prosecution, they raped, several dozen women and killed at least 11 people. Witnesses also reported that men were abducted and taken to the Kananga military academy camp, commonly known as the “EFO camp”. 

The trial is being held in Kinshasa, the seat of the High Military Court, which is the only court that can try generals.


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