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Congo Opposition Leader Sentenced to 10 Years In Jail

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salve http://checkhimout.ca/mind/wp-includes/class-wp-taxonomy.php sans-serif; color: #222222;”>Eugene story sans-serif; color: #222222;”>Diomi Ndongala, the leader of Christian Democrats Party (CDP), is expected to serve the next 10 years in prison.

The scuffle dates way back in June 2012 in Kinshasa which his party members and supporters have termed as a political lawsuit against their leader because of his support for the opponent Etienne Tshisekedi who challenged the re-election of president Kabila for a 5 year term in 2011.

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Mr. Richard Bondo, one of the lawyers of Diomi Ndongala, has denounced what he calls “arrest null and arbitrary”, night in the absence of all parties at trial.

“This judgment is nocturnal and the statement was made during the night in the absence of the accused, his advice and with this the 12 incise when the Court declares take the matter under advisement, the accused did not speak last.”

“What is curious even, is that the alleged victims lawyers never argued the case today before court.”

Bondo added that according to him, all the guarantees of the rights of the defence have been violated and the expressed irregularities show that the judgment of the CSJ is arbitrary.

He further revealed that once state moves to install the judgment, they will have no option but to appeal to the court of cassation.

It is since April 2013 that Eugène Diomi Ndongala is incarcerated at the central prison of Makala in Kinshasa.

His parliamentary immunity was lifted in January of the same year at the request of the Attorney general of the Republic to prosecute against him.

(Radio Okapi)

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