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Kinshasa: new police post established close to the Palais de Marbre

Radio Okapi - July 8, 2008

Congo policeAccording to General Oleko, patrols will be organized by elements of the police, the Republican Guard, and the military police. The installation of this police post in this place was one of the requests made, particularly by the MLC and the Provincial Assembly of Kinshasa, following the killing last weekend of Daniel Botethi.
Thomas Lubanga will remain under custody of the ICC pending final decision on appeal

ICC - July 7, 2008

Thomas LubangaToday, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court granted the suspensive effect of the Prosecution’s appeal against “Decision on the release of Thomas Lubanga.” Therefore the accused will remain under custody of the ICC pending the final decision on the appeal.
The MLC suspends its participation in the National Assembly and the Senate

Le Potentiel - July 7, 2008

Francois MwambaIn a statement released to the press on Sunday and following the murder of Daniel Botethi, vice-chairman of the Provincial Assembly of Kinshasa and high-ranking official of the MLC, the party has decided to suspend its participation in the National Assembly, Senate and the Provincial Assembly of Kinshasa.
UN troops in Congo gold warning

BBC News - July 6, 2008

UN peacekeepers in CongoThree Indian army officers have been let off with a warning over allegations of gold trafficking while they were UN peacekeepers in the DR Congo. The allegations, first revealed by the BBC, were part of a wider investigation carried out by the UN.
Kinshasa: Provincial Assembly vice-president assassinated

Radio Okapi - July 6, 2008

Kinshasa - Congo mapDaniel Botetsi, provincial Member of Parliament for Kinshasa and vice-president of the Provincial Assembly, was shot around 2:00 AM Sunday morning in the capital, in Macampagne, Ngaliema. Three suspects are already under arrest, reports radiookapi.net
Congo ex-leader appears in court

BBC News - July 4, 2008

Jean-Pierre BembaThe former Congolese Vice-President, Jean-Pierre Bemba, has appeared at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague for the first time. Mr Bemba, who fled the Democratic Republic of Congo last year, was arrested in Belgium in May.
Congo ex-leader sent to The Hague

BBC News - July 3, 2008

Jean-Pierre BembaThe ex-vice-president of the Democratic Republic of Congo has been extradited to The Hague to face trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Jean-Pierre Bemba, who fled DR Congo last year, was detained in Belgium in May. He will face trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
ICC: Trial Chamber I orders release of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo - Implementation of the decision is pending

ICC - July 2, 2008

Thomas LubangaSince an appeal may be filed within five days, the order granting release shall not be enforced until the expiry of the five day time-limit. Furthermore, if an appeal is filed and a request is made in the appeal for suspensive effect, the accused shall not leave detention until the Appeals Chamber has resolved whether or not the effect of the order granting release is to be suspended.
ICC orders Congo warlord release

BBC News - July 2, 2008

Thomas LubangaThe International Criminal Court has ordered the release of the first-ever war crimes suspect to face trial before it, Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga. The judges said Mr Lubanga could not be guaranteed a fair trial as prosecutors had withheld evidence from the defence.
Ben Affleck films DR Congo crisis

BBC News - June 27, 2008

Ben AffleckActor Ben Affleck has said he made a TV report on the Democratic Republic of Congo because the humanitarian crisis there deserved "our eyes and our ears". The Oscar-winner visited refugee camps, warlords and hospitals while in the African country to record a film for Nightline, on US channel ABC.







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