Attorneys and defendants attend the courtroom listening to for the homicide of former Italian ambassador to the DRC Luca Attanasio on the Ndolo army jail in Kinshasa on February 2023
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5 of the six males charged with murdering Italy’s ambassador to the DRC in 2021 requested acquittal on Saturday, throughout a listening to within the capital, Kinshasa.
Final Wednesday, the prosecution wrapped up its case and demanded the demise penalty for the six defendants.
“The defendants say that it isn’t them, the general public prosecutor has not been in a position to display this, and even much less so the civil social gathering. We want the bodily proof, we have to set up that the individual is useless” (…) “There’s a critical query mark hanging over the diploma of prison duty that might be introduced upon the defendants with the perpetration of the crime and the consequence is logical: (they have to, Ed.) be acquitted!”, demanded defence lawyer, Joseph Amzati.
Italy’s former ambassador to the DRC, Luca Attanasio, was amongst three folks killed on the twenty second of February, 2021, when a UN convoy was ambushed within the nation’s troubled east.
A lawyer representing Italy stated that Rome doesn’t help capital punishment and would like jail phrases.
“The Italian Republic, as a civil social gathering on this case, is campaigning for the abolition of the demise penalty at a global degree” (…) “It [Italy, Ed.] asks that the accused, regardless of their wickedness, ought to as a substitute be sentenced to imprisonment and never the demise penalty”, requested Boniface Balamage, civil social gathering lawyer representing Italy.
The tribunal is anticipated to challenge a sentence inside ten days.
The DRC has noticed a de-facto moratorium on capital punishment since 2003, in keeping with the United Nations, however courts proceed at hand down demise sentences.