Congo: Presidential Candidate Sentenced to Seven Years for Insulting President

Source: US News & World Report

“A high court in Democratic Republic of Congo has sentenced presidential candidate Jean-Marc Kabund to seven years in prison on 12 charges including spreading false rumours and insulting the head of state, his lawyer said on Wednesday. Kabund was a former vice president of parliament and a close associate of President Felix Tshisekedi who launched his own political party last year after the two fell out. He has been held in Kinshasa’s main prison since his arrest in August 2022, after he called Tshisekedi a ‘danger’ and lambasted his government in a speech.” (09/13/23)