Six males in Congo have been sentenced to life in prison on Friday for the 2021 homicide of Italy’s ambassador and two others.
The sentence was introduced by a army tribunal within the capital, Kinshasa, following a six-month trial.
Luca Attanasio, Italy’s ambassador to Congo since 2017, was considered one of three individuals killed in February 2021 in an ambush on a World Meals Program convoy that was touring from Goma, Congo’s jap regional capital, to go to a WFP faculty venture in Rutshuru.
Italian security officer Vittorio Iacovacci and driver Moustapha Milambo have been additionally killed.
Violence has been simmering in jap Congo for many years as greater than 120 armed teams battle for energy, sources, land and a few to guard their communities.
A number of armed teams are lively within the particular space of the assault together with the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, which is a Rwandan Hutu insurgent group often called FDLR, the Nyatura militia and M23 rebels.
The assault occurred in the identical space the place two Britons have been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in 2018, although they have been launched days later.
Congo’s government initially blamed the killings on FDLR. who denied accountability for the assault.
The prosecution stated the boys have been a part of a prison gang and had known as for the dying sentence. They accused the defendants of attempting to kidnap the ambassador so they may demand a ransom and stated the initial intent was not to kill him. 5 of these sentenced are within the N’Dolo army jail in Kinshasa whereas the sixth man remains to be on the run.
The protection stated their purchasers have been tortured into confessing and has appealed the choice, which might launch a brand new trial within the army court docket. “All of them declare their innocence pure and easy,” stated Joseph Amzati one of many protection attorneys.