Monday, May 5, 2014

Results in closely-watched DRC court-martial

Agency France Presse reports mixed results in the court-martial of 29 members of the Democratic Republic of Congo armed forces. The charges arose from a 2012 army operation against rebels in eastern South Kivu Province.

  • Lieutenant Colonel sentenced to life
  • Corporal sentenced to 10 years
  • Soldier sentenced to life for murder; acquitted of rape
  • 22 others sentenced to 10-20 years for violating orders, looting, and distributing ammunition, but acquitted of rape
  • 13 officers acquitted of dereliction
  • 1 defendant held to be outside the court's competence

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