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Offbeat DRC: the UN gives its version on the detention of the journalist Sosthene Kambidi

14:55  25 september  2021
14:55  25 september  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Sosthène Kambidi a été arrêté dans le cadre de l'affaire de l'assassinat des deux experts de l'ONU Zaida Catalan and Michael Sharp en 2017. Il a pourtant travaillé à toutes les enquêtes internationales concernant le sujet. © RFI Sosthene Kambidi was arrested as part of the assassination case of the two experts from the UN Zaida Catalan and Michael Sharp in 2017. However, he worked on all international investigations concerning the subject.

In the DRC, the detention of the journalist Sosthene Kambidi extends. This AFP and actualite.CD correspondent and occasional collaborator of RFI is accused of "terrorism", "association of criminal" and "insurrection" within the framework of the double assassination of UN experts. In New York, the UN Secretary-General's spokesman delivered his version of the facts, because experts mandated by the Security Council to assist Congolese military justice in the investigation into the assassination of the experts were present during All interrogations of the journalist.

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Sources within the military justice assured that Journalist Sosthene Kambidi had been arrested , because he had obtained precise information on the day after the circumstances and a month later the video of this double assassination. It was a question of questioning the way he had obtained his information. It is not the version of the secretary-general of the UN Secretary-General, Stephane Dujarric:

"Our colleagues in the mechanism ensure that in no stage, during his two days, Mr. Kambidi was not asked for Reveal his sources. The support they bring to the Congolese authorities includes advice that everything takes place in accordance with international laws and what I understand, Mr. Kambidi now has access to lawyers who were present during one of those Auditions.

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However, Sosthene Kambidi was arrested as early as Monday night around 23:40 in a Congolese capital hotel and for 36h, he did not have access to a lawyer. What did not prevent the experts from this UN mechanism from questioning it in the presence of Congolese magistrates.

"From what I understand, it was first heard as a witness, then he was heard as a suspect. Throughout the time the monitoring mechanism team was there, they did not feel that there was any violation of what they understand from the Congolese law, "says Stéphane Dujarric.

A remark that surprises Jean Mobert Senga, researcher in Amnesty International, who recalls that the journalist was under a mandate to bring, with a list of charges, which is not the case when we are a simple witness.

The Committee on the Protection of Journalists (CPJ) has on its esteemed "Congolese authorities should immediately free" Sosthenes Kambidi and make sure the press can "work without fear or intimidation throughout the country".

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