🇨🇩 DR Congo colonel sentenced to death
An army colonel Mike Mikombe has been sentenced to death in the Democratic Republic of Congo for his role in the killing of more than 50 demonstrators in August.
Troops serving under Mike Mikombe opened fire in the eastern city of Goma on members of a religious sect taking part in a banned protest against the UN peacekeeping force. The crackdown officially saw 57 people killed.
He was charged with crimes against humanity. The death penalty is often handed down in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but it has not been applied for 20 years and is systematically commuted to life imprisonment.
Three fellow officers have also been convicted by a military tribunal and sentenced to 10 years in prison.