Ten students from the closed Lovanium University were sentenced in Kinshasa last week (26 August) to life imprisonment for subversion.
Ten students from the closed Lovanium University were sentenced in Kinshasa last week (26 August) to life imprisonment for subversion. Three others were sentenced to three years in jail, while two were acquitted.
The trial stemmed from incidents at the University -- now part of a National University -- which included a mock funeral. The incidents, which ended in a clash between students and soldiers, came on the second anniversary of the death of students in a previous clash with the army. The university was closed after the June disturbances this year, and three-thousand former students were compelled to enroll in the army.
The charges against those sentenced last week included an attempt to overthrow the regime, inciting the people to civil war and publicly insulting President Joseph Mobutu.
SYNOPSIS: A trial in kinshasa last week, resulted in life imprisonment for ten students charged with subversion. The trial stemmed from incidents at the former Lovanium University in June. Following a clash between students and police, President Mobutu ordered the university to be closed, and the students to be enrolled in the army.
Charges against the students included an attempt to overthrow the regime, inciting people to civil war, publicly insulting President Mobutu and publishing subversive propaganda. Three other students were sentenced to three years in jail, while two others were acquitted.
The students, who did not all face the same charges, pleaded not guilty. The clash at the University in June was followed by a widespread security drive, expulsion of communist diplomats, the break-up of several subversive networks, the jailing of other plotters, and the expulsion of Brazzaville's charge d'affaires.