DRC: 20 years in prison required against Vital Kamerhe
Congolese justice has demanded 20 years in prison against Vital Kamerhe (illustration image) FEDERICO SCOPPA / AFP
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The DRC is moving towards the end of the trial involving Vital Kamerhe and two other defendants on the management of more than $ 57 million intended for prefabricated house projects as part of Félix Tshisekedi's emergency program. The pleadings are finished. The court will now deliberate and its decision is expected by June 20.
With our correspondent in Kinshasa, Patient Ligodi
During the pleadings, the public prosecutor requested the sentencing of Vital Kamerhe to 20 years of forced labor for embezzlement of public funds and 15 years for corruption.
At the helm, Vital Kamerhe explained that he never negotiated a contract under the 100-day program. The chief of staff of the president always wonders how he is in the accused's box, and claims his innocence. For him, " this trial is political ". And it is not he who is directly targeted but the head of state.
For his last speech, Vital Kamerhe was however resigned. “ I told my wife that mass is said. I also asked him to prepare the children psychologically ”. He also alleged that his cousin Daniel Shangalume Nkingi, dit Massaro , also imprisoned in connection with the “100 days” file, was tortured so that he testified against him.
For his part, the Lebanese Samih Jammal, boss of the company Samibo SARL, another defendant in this trial, also claimed his innocence and asked to be acquitted. As well as the third defendant, Jeannot Muhima, the head of the import-export service at the presidency.
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