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Prosecutors Ask for Death Penalty in Botheti Trial

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Congo Planet - August 29, 2008


Prosecutors have asked for the death penalty in the trial of the alleged killers of Kinshasa Member of Parliament Daniel Botheti. The former vice-president of the provincial assembly of Kinshasa was gunned down by armed men on July 6, 2008 as he was returning from a party.

One of the alleged killers, Patrick Mwewa, had earlier said that the governor of Kinshasa, Andre Kimbuta, had ordered the murder. He recanted his story after being confronted with the governor during the trial and asked for his forgiveness.

Prosecutors have said they have found no evidence of the governor's involvement in the crime.




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