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DR Congo: President's aide gets 20 years for graft

DR Congo: President's aide gets 20 years for graft
Court hands Chief Of Staff Vital Kamerhe 20 years hard labor

 

By James Tasamba

KIGALI, Rwanda (AA) - A court in the Democratic Republic of Congo Saturday found Vital Kamerhe, the president’s chief of staff, guilty of diverting public funds, handing him 20 years hard labor.

Arrested in April, Kamerhe was found guilty of “diverting public funds worth $48.8 million” meant for public works.

Kamerhe, 61, was sentenced along with Jammal Samih, a Lebanese businessman, 79, who also got 20 years hard labor.

The televised trial in the capital Kinshasa had gripped the nation for months, especially after the sudden death of the presiding judge.

Police said the judge died from cardiac arrest. But later, the Justice Ministry said he had been murdered, after an autopsy showed he had died from a brain hemorrhage caused by "blows" on the head.

Embezzlement charges involved funds allocated for the construction of 1,500 social housing units under a program announced by President Felix Tshisekedi following his inauguration in January 2019.

Kamerhe had denied any wrongdoing.

He has now become the country’s most powerful official to be convicted on charges of corruption.

source: News Feed
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