A military court in the Democratic Republic of Congo has delivered a verdict, sentencing an army officer to death and imposing 10-year prison terms on three other individuals for their involvement in the August killing of over 50 protesters in the city of Goma.
Two additional individuals who were on trial in connection with the incident have been acquitted.
The defense attorneys for the convicted individuals have expressed their intention to appeal the court’s decision.
It’s worth noting that while the death penalty is a common sentence in DR Congo, it hasn’t been carried out for two decades, with sentences typically being commuted to life imprisonment.
During the closing arguments on Friday, a senior public prosecutor had not requested the death penalty for the main defendant, Colonel Mike Mikombe. Instead, they had called for a life imprisonment sentence.
However, the court ultimately sentenced Colonel Mikombe to death, charging him with “murders,” although charges related to crimes against humanity were dropped.
The prosecutor had also sought sentences ranging from 10 to 20 years for the five other defendants who were on trial.
These six soldiers had been facing charges since September 5 related to a deadly crackdown against a religious sect that had called for protests against the presence of the United Nations in the region.
The crackdown resulted in the tragic deaths of 57 people, according to the latest official count, and has led to heightened tensions in Goma, located in the North Kivu province, an area that has long been afflicted by violence instigated by various armed groups.
Furthermore, the August 30 military operation led to the arrest of more than 140 civilians, including approximately 30 minors.
JUST IN: Benue assembly suspends four lawmakers
160 Nigerian youths get $1.2m grant for projects
CNG buses commence operations in Ogun
UK introduces tougher visa rules, limits dependent entry
FG funded 422 delegates to COP28 summit, says minister
DSS, NSCDC officials clash in Edo hospital
Army takes responsibility for air strike that killed 30 Kaduna residents
UNICAL students protest 100% tuition hike
Akwa Ibom closes Chinese firm over environmental pollution
Why FG delays electricity tariff hike – Minister
Tweeps react as 22-year-old Hijab sister rejects Alhaji’s proposals
EFCC arraigns 11 varsity students for internet fraud
EFCC arrests man for forging surety documents in Rivers
Oladips: Many Nigerian musicians are depressed, Idowest opens up
Mr Ibu is responding to treatment – Ex-manager Chochoo
Gov kefas reacts as Taraba student kills teacher
VIDEO: Thugs invade Osun APC secretariat
VIDEO: Strayed cow goes berserk inside NYSC orientation camp in Ogun
VIDEO: Are black cats bad luck?
VIDEO: Does COVID-19 only affect rich people?
VIDEO: Will I remain single if someone sweeps over my feet with a broom?
VIDEO: Gani Adams rallies Benin Republic monarchs for Sunday Igboho
FIDIO: Ǹjẹ́ Gbogbo Akitiyan Ìjọba Láti Mú Ẹ̀yìn Olóyè Sunday Ìgbòho Balẹ̀ Yìí Tọ́ Àbí Kò Tọ́?
VIDEO: Pastor Tunde Bakare declares National Movement
News18 hours ago
FAAN introduces ‘mystery staff’ to curb extortion at airports
News18 hours ago
Presidency criticized for ‘bloated’ delegation at Dubai climate summit
Politics18 hours ago
Kano govt official arrested over diverted palliatives
Metro16 hours ago
Fire razes Lagos building, one feared dead
Metro15 hours ago
Diesel tanker explodes in Lagos
Metro16 hours ago
Two landlords kidnapped in Abuja, abductors demand N20m ransom
News17 hours ago
1,197 Nigerian doctors japa to UK since May – Report
News15 hours ago
Spotify slashes 17% workforce amid economic slowdown