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Chaos in the Courts

IWPR - February 27, 2008

Congo-Kinhasa Supreme Court in sessionThe recent acquittal of former militia leader Kahwa Panga Mandro, better known in the troubled eastern region of Ituri as Chief Kahwa, has sparked a wave of outrage across the sprawling Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC. Although first convicted and sentenced for war crimes and crimes against humanity in February 2005, the appeals court in the northeastern city of Kisangani overturned that verdict, saying Chief Kahwa was covered by the country's amnesty law.
Katanga: Armed confrontations between FARDC troops in Kamina brassage centre

MONUC - February 19, 2008

Kamina - Katanga MapMONUC was informed that armed confrontations took place Sunday February 17, 2008, between ex-combatants of the National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP), the political-military movement for Laurent Nkunda, and soldiers of the DRC Armed Forces (FARDC), all of which were in training in the Kamina base, located 600 km north-west of Lubumbashi, in Katanga province in south eastern DRC.
Third Congo Warlord to Face Justice

IWPR - February 7, 2008

Mathieu NgudjoloHuman rights groups hope the arrest of a former rebel leader from the Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, will lead international prosecutors higher up the chain to other military and civilian leaders accusing of committing atrocities in local wars. Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui, the former leader of the militia group called the National Integrationist Front, FNI, was arrested by the DRC authorities in the capital Kinshasa on February 6 and transferred immediately to the custody of the International Criminal Court, ICC. He arrived at the war crimes court's headquarters the following day.
Congo Militia Leader Faces First ICC Trial In March

VOA News - November 12, 2007

Thomas LubangaThe International Criminal Court has set a March trial date for Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga, the first person to face trial at the world court. The court says Lubanga's trial will start on March 31 of next year. The court also told prosecutors to make available to defense lawyers all the evidence they plan to use against Lubanga by December 14.
Congo arrests after toxic dumping

AngolaPress - November 10, 2007

Likasi MapSix people have been arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo for allegedly dumping highly radioactive minerals into a river, officials say. The authorities had ordered the nearly 20 metric tons of toxic material to be disposed of at an old uranium mine.
Likasi residents told to avoid radioactive river

IRIN - November 9, 2007

Katanga ProvinceThe DRC government has ordered residents of Likasi, a large town in the mineral-rich Katanga province, to stay away from their local river, the Mura, because a large consignment of radioactive material has been illegally dumped in it.
Radioactive Material Dumped Into Congolese River

VOA News - November 9, 2007

Authorities in Congo have arrested six people in connection with the dumping of radioactive waste in a river in the country's southeast.


DRC Investigates Suspected Illegal Dumping of Radioactive Ore

VOA News - November 7, 2007

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are investigating the suspected dumping of 18 tons of radioactive minerals in the Mura River in southeast Katanga Province.  The minerals include 17 tons of copper ore that were seized by the government last month in the town of Likasi.  VOA's William Eagle spoke with reporter Joe Bavier in Kinshasa.


Sixteen Ituri warlords give up the fight

IRIN - November 6, 2007

Congo child soldiersA senior DRC official has declared the war-ravaged northeastern region of Ituri free of armed groups after 16 senior commanders flew to Kinshasa to join the regular army.
Torrential rains overwhelm two capitals

IRIN - November 1, 2007

Floods in Kinshasa CongoFlash floods that followed the heaviest rains in 50 years have claimed the lives of at least 32 people in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and wreaked havoc in nearby Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of Congo, officials said.







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