Congo petition To Free Laurent Kabila Murder Convicts

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The families of dozens of people who were jailed for the killing of Laurent Kabila, the former leader of the Democratic Republic of Congo, have petitioned the authorities for their release.

They’re hoping the new Congolese government might be more receptive to their demands.

Laurent Kabila’s image could be seen on the streets of Kinshasa years after his death image via Getty Images

Mr Kabila was shot dead by a bodyguard in 2001. Almost 100 people were convicted for the killing by a military court, with no right to appeal.

Twenty-four people were sentenced to death; the others jailed.

Ten people have since died in custody. An African human rights court has already found the convictions to be unfair.

Source: BBC

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