Congo: 4 death sentences over activist's death

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Posted: Jun 23, 2011 11:59 AM
Congo: 4 death sentences over activist's death

A military magistrate in Congo has sentenced four policemen to death over the killing of a prominent human rights campaigner.

Col. Camile Masungi also on Thursday sentenced one defendant to life imprisonment and acquitted another three over last year's killing of Floribert Chebeya Bahizire.

All eight were policemen.

Bahizire headed Voix des Sans Voix, or Voice of the Voiceless. His body was found in his car in a suburb on the outskirts of Congo's capital, Kinshasa. Voix des Sans Voix, one of the largest rights groups in Congo, said he appeared to have been strangled.

Congo's government also announced they would pay tens of thousands of dollars to his family and colleagues and to those of Bahizire's driver, who disappeared at the time.