DRC: victims of former ANR chief Kalev Mutondo go on legal offensive
Opponent Jean-Claude Muyambo, president of Scode, appears in Kinshasa court, on a wheelchair for a hearing, on June 3, 2015. FEDERICO SCOPPA / AFP
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More than thirty former opponents and human rights activists, constituted in committees, seized the Acaj (Congolese Association for Access to Justice). Jean-Claude Muyambo, Jean-Bertrand Ewanga, Gecoco Mulumba and the others believe that their rights were violated by the ANR at the time of Kalev Mutondo.
" Arrests, arbitrary detentions, inhuman and degrading treatment ". With these words, Jean-Claude Muyambo, at the outset, defined the reasons for the collective's approach.
The complaint will be added to that brought in 2016 against Kalev Mutondo . The two groups meet on the same grounds, said the president of the SCODE party. And the Bâtonnier Muyambo reminded the audience: " Did you see how we undressed Ewanga in public? how did Gecoco even piss the blood ? Did you see how my foot was crushed ? The collective insists on the tortures of which they affirm to have been the object in the dungeons of the intelligence services.
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Jean-Bertrand Ewanga, for his part, illustrated the arbitrariness of his own imprisonment after being violently arrested by the ANR services. “ The assembly bureau at the time considered me to be innocent. Until past twelve months ... The damage caused ... "
According to Me David Tshimanga, lawyer for Gecoco Mulumba, Kalev Mutondo has criminal and civil liability. “ Mr. Kalev is a Congolese state official who will be held criminally responsible for the offense . "
They claim to have evidence and to have no hatred. The objective of the approach is to put an end to this kind of act.
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