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US, British citizens among suspects on trial in Congo after thwarted coup

US, British citizens among suspects on trial in Congo after thwarted coup

MORE than 50 defendants, including six with U.S., British, Canadian or Belgian citizenship, appeared in court in the Democratic Republic of Congo charged with taking part in a failed coup and other offences that carry the death penalty. Armed men briefly occupied an office of the presidency in the capital Kinshasa on May 19 before their leader, U.S.-based Congolese politician Christian Malanga, was killed by security forces. The defendants include Malanga's 22-year-old son Marcel Malanga, two other U.S. citizens and the three other holders of foreign passports. All have Congolese roots. The first day of the military trial took place under a…
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