opening of the Yumbi Massacre,

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In Kinshasa before the High Military Court, the trial against the Yumbi massacres opened in December 2018 yesterday, Tuesday 25 May. As soon as the first hearing began, the civilian parties and the defense lawyers requested the postponement. What the court approved.

with our correspondent in Kinshasa, Kamanda wa Kamanda Muzembe

This first hearing was held in the military prison in Ndolo.

In the box with the defendants, about sixty defendants including a woman. In groups of ten, the accused are called to the bar. Other suspects are on the run or in Yumbi.

The lawyers from the civil parties as well as the defenders’ lawyers are asking for a postponement. We did not have time to go deep into the extensive file, said one of them.

General Kabeya, chairman, accepts the postponement and makes an appointment with help in July. In the ranks of the defendants, several show their impatience. They have been in custody for many months.

Sixty-two accused, detained at the military prison in Ndolo, are in the box of the accused. They were arrested in waves in Yumbi’s territory and are being tried for their responsibility in clashes between ethnic groups Batende and Banunu made several hundred died in mid-December 2018. The number of victims is still difficult to quantify exactly.

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The violence had also caused the cancellation of the presidential and legislative elections in this part of the country.

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