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According to his lawyers, “the former vice-president of the National Assembly should meet at home, or somewhere else. Notifying him of the hearing date at Makala central prison, when he is supposed to be under house arrest, is only a violation of the rights guaranteed to litigants”.

The trial of the national deputy and former first vice-president of the National Assembly, Jean-Marc Kabund-A-Kabund, begins on September 5 at the Court of Cassation. This is what is informed by a summons to the defendant served on the person concerned on Tuesday, August 23.

The summons to the defendant indicates that the opponent Jean-Marc Kabund is “in preventive detention with house arrest at the central prison of Makala“. One thing that offends the lawyers of the “lifeguard” who think that their client should rather be currently under house arrest at home, at home.

Counsel for Jean-Marc Kabund first demand the execution of the order of the Council Chamber of Friday August 12, changing the provisional arrest warrant under which their client was under house arrest.

For these lawyers, in good right, Jean-Marc Kabund should today be at home at home, or in another place while waiting for the fixing of the case to go and present his defenses before the judges. Notifying him of the hearing date at Makala central prison, when he is supposed to be under house arrest, is only a violation of the rights guaranteed to litigants, they believe.

What should we expect from this trial which starts on September 5? This question deserves to be asked in view of the turn this case has taken since the change of the provisional arrest warrant to house arrest. Within public opinion, some voices are already crying out for a judicial travesty.

The image of Congolese justice under the Fatshi era deteriorated above all after the acquittal of those prosecuted in the context of the 100-day trial. Since then, criticism has come from everywhere. Many Congolese wonder if the embezzled money is returned to the state coffers. In the event that these funds are returned, who were the embezzlers, wonders a certain opinion.

Jean-Marc Kabund was arrested at the end of his second hearing at the general prosecutor’s office at the Court of Cassation. He is prosecuted for contempt of the government, contempt of Parliament, insult to the head of state and spreading false rumors.

During a press conference held at his residence in Kingabwa in Limete, the elected representative of Mont-Amba severely criticized the governance of President Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi at the head of the country. He treated the current regime to be that of the enjoyers.

In accordance with the Code of Criminal Procedure, at the request of the lawyers of the former acting president of the UDPS, the Council chamber met on August 12 to regularize his detention. It was during this hearing that the provisional arrest warrant was transformed into house arrest.


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Orly Darel Ngiambukulu
Forum des As / MCP, via mediacongo.net

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