The Supreme Military Court declares itself competent to judge

The Supreme Military Court of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) this Friday, June 24, declared itself “competent” to convict François Beya of “conspiracy” against President Félix Tshisekedi, for whom he was a special adviser on security. arrest in February last year.

as reported from Kinshasa, Pascal Mulegwa

From the first hearing of this trial, which began on June 3 in the Makala Central Prison, the largest prison in the country, the “Mr. Security of Tshisekedi” had questioned the jurisdiction of the High Military Court and asked for civil jurisdiction.

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The judges in the High Court were not impressed by the lawyers’ arguments. Request for provisional release, protocol or invalidity of the procedure … all applications were rejected. The Supreme Military Court is now competent. She accepted the military prosecutor’s request to hold the next interrogation behind closed doors. He had estimated that certain facts and statements contained in this act were likely to disturb public order.

Lawyers could not question the decision. The judges referred to the connection between Francois Beya, the crimes and the other suspects: two army commanders and a senior senior police commissioner. Lily Tambwé is truly a member of the National Order of Heroes. She therefore enjoys a jurisdictional privilege that allows the High Court to try even if her rank could have allowed her to escape that jurisdiction.

Lawyers could not question the decision. The Supreme Military Court will try general army and police. Its judgments cannot be the subject of an appeal. The next hearing is postponed until Tuesday.

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