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DRC's embattled chief of staff denied provisional release

Democratic Republic Of Congo

<p>The Democratic Republic of Congo’s embattled chief of staff will continue to stay in prison.</p> <p>On Saturday, the Congolese justice rejected a request for the provisional release of Vital Kamerhe, following his indictment by President Félix Tshisekedi.</p> <p>State prosecution accused Kamerhe of embezzling state funds through the award of contracts by mutual agreement to fictitious companies. </p> <p>That’s according to the order of a Kinshasa court, which added that ‘’ there are serious indications of guilt’‘.</p> <p>In response to his request for provisional release, a Kinshasa Matete court also ordered his pre-trial detention for 15 days at the capital prison.</p> <p>Court document cited the example of a company that received $47 million, which ‘’ disappeared from the bank without being allocated to the construction of 3,000 prefabricated houses.</p> <p>The document also cites another company that received ‘’‘$10 million for the supply of drugs when the company is not in the pharmaceutical business and just owns a hardware store’‘.</p> <p>The 61 year old has denied these accusations. Kamerhe was taken to the central prison on Wednesday after a 6 hour hearing by the prosecution.</p> <p>His case was heard as part of a vast anti-corruption probe in Central Africa’s most populous nation.</p> <p>Kamerhe who’s a key figure in Congolese politics, was appointed Director of cabinet a day after President Tshisekedi’s inauguration in 2019.</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">AFP</span></strong></p>
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