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Trial for murder of belgian missionary concludes

MISNA - November 11, 2005 1:09 PM

The trial concluded for the murder of the Belgian Jesuit missionary René de Haes, assassinated May 7 in Kinshasa. As referred by MISNA sources of the diocesan Elikya Radio, the hearings completed yesterday after all the parts were heard, and now a verdict is to be issued Wednesday November 16 by the military district court of Matété, in the Congolese capital. The two defendants - two army deserters, Marcel Lengè and Tumba Manza Issa - declared themselves innocent. If found guilty they could face the death penalty. The Belgian missionary, originally from Heist-op-den-Berg (Anverse), was shot dead in his neighbourhood of Kimwenza on return from a religious meeting at the University of Kinshasa. Fr. De Haes, a theology professor and spiritual animator for over 40 years, at the time of his death was rector of the International House of Philosophical Studies of the Jesuit Fathers in Kimwenza.

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