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Soldier prosecutions underscore weakness of DR Congo’s anti-M23 campaign

Soldier prosecutions underscore weakness of DR Congo’s anti-M23 campaign

A military court in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo has sentenced to death 25 soldiers accused of fleeing the front line while fighting against the Rwanda-back M23 rebel group. Several Congolese soldiers and officers were also sentenced in May to death for “cowardice” and “fleeing the enemy” after a trial in Goma, the largest city in eastern DRC. Human rights activists said soldiers are being scapegoated for what are broader systemic issues within the security forces, while army officers told Reuters the crackdown has spread fear and distrust in the military. The M23 is led by Congolese Tutsis who say they are fighting…
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DRC: Italian envoy’s killers jailed for life

DRC: Italian envoy’s killers jailed for life

SONIA ROLLEY A Democratic Republic of Congo military court sentenced six men to life in prison over the death of the Italian ambassador, his bodyguard and driver, according to a lawyer. Envoy Luca Attanasio, Italian bodyguard Vittorio Iacovacci and their Congolese driver Mustapha Milambo were killed on February 22, 2021, during a botched kidnapping as they drove to a World Food Programme project from the eastern city of Goma. A lawyer representing Italy, Boniface Balamage, told Reuters that five of the people sentenced to life were already in prison while one was at large and tried in absentia. "On the…
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Cameroon sentences four men to death

Cameroon sentences four men to death

JOSIANE KOUAGHEU A court in Cameroon has sentenced four people to death for their roles in a shooting attack on a school last year that killed seven children and wounded 12 others, according to a court document seen by Reuters on Wednesday. A military court in Buea, the capital of Cameroon's South West region, found the men guilty of terrorism, assassination, and attempted secession, according to its judgment, which was issued on Tuesday. The men were sentenced to execution by firing squad in the town square, but their sentences are likely to be converted to life imprisonment. Cameroon has not…
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