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The Ituri Military Court sentences eight (8) CODECO militiamen to 20 years of main penal servitude

Bunia, July 20th, 2022 (CPA).-– Eight (8) CODECO militiamen were sentenced on Tuesday to twenty years of main penal servitude, by Chamber III of the Ituri Military Court sitting at the second degree in a mobile court in the enclosure of the central prison of Bunia. These convicts were found guilty of crimes against humanity by murder, crimes against humanity by deportation, participation in the insurrectionary movement and other inhuman crimes, dated June 10, 2019, following the murder of the president of the FEC of the center of Kobu trading. These CODECO rebels carried out widespread attacks in several villages in the Mambisa chiefdom, notably in Kpatakpata, Zibiti, Koma, Shachu, Tipo and Loga where around 40 people were killed and 66 houses burned down. The public hearing was chaired by the magistrate, Major Willy Kabanga Mukendi, assisted by the magistrate Billy Bulayi, adviser to the Court of Appeal, the assessor judges Lieutenant-Colonel Bernardin Muziko and the High Commissioner Frédéric Kambale, with the assistance of the deputy senior commissioner Mike Lukusha, deputy senior military auditor, Major Emmanuel Ngoie, and headquarters clerk, Major Bertin Mukonga.

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