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DEATH PENALTY IN EFFECT: Congo Soldier Sentenced to Death For Murdering Displaced Victim

The Goma Garrison Military Court in North Kivu Province of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has sentenced a FARDC soldier to death penalty for murdering a student from the Lwashi Institute in Sake, relocated to Mugunga.

Mukadi Kabongo Trésor, a Private 2nd Class officer, was part of the FARDC rapid reaction unit deployed at Kanaba hill, not far from the site of the displaced people of Lushanga, in the Mugunga district in the commune of Karisimbi.

He was prosecuted and charged on Saturday April 20 with murder, dissipation of munitions of war and abandonment of post.

According to witnesses called to the stand, the soldier was intoxicated when he opened fire and fatally shot the student Mwisha Safari.

The conviction of the soldier brings the number of soldiers sentenced to death by the military courts Goma to 4 since the Congolese government lifted the moratorium on the death penalty.

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