The trial of the former rebel chief General Nicholas Olenga on charges of subversion opened in Kinshasa on Saturday (August 14).
SV Tshimbila answering questions
SV President of tribunal.
GV People listening
SV Bondo being questioned.
SV President of Tribunal.
GV/SV "subversive" pamphlets.
SV & CU Mile Kadima questioned.
CU President of Tribunal.
SV PAN Witnesses. (?)
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Background: The trial of the former rebel chief General Nicholas Olenga on charges of subversion opened in Kinshasa on Saturday (August 14). The General and eight others are accused on attacking the security and sovereignty of the state. all pleaded not guilty. During the initial eight hour session, the accused were questioned about the activities of organizations with contracts in Congo-Brazzaville. The President of one of the movements, Jean-Willy Tshimbila of the Congolese League for Peace and Friendship between Peoples, was accused during the opening session of carrying out subversion through the organization.
SYNOPSIS: In Kinshasa, a much publicised subversion trial opened on Saturday. Jean-Willy Tshimbila, President of the Congolese League for Peace and Friendship between Peoples, was accused of using the organization to carry out subversion. It was said the movement was to be transformed into a national liberation front. The trial is being broadcast live. It results from a sweeping security drive following student clashes with the army and president Mobutu's announcement of a plot against him. altogether nine men were on trial including former rebel chief Nicholas Olenga. All pleaded not guilty to attacking the sovereignty and security of the state.
Literature seized during security operations and alleged to be subversive was produced during the first day of the hearing. Then, in eight hours of questioning, the accused were interrogated about their links with three organizations and their contacts with Congo-Brazzaville. One of the accused spoke of contact with a Congo-Brazzaville diplomat who he said he was ready to help organise urban guerrillas in Kinshasa. It was suggested that members should be recruited from former followers of the National Congolese Movement - party of the former Premier Patrice Lumumba.