DRC/SENEGAL: Paul Mwilambwe indicted in Chebeya-Bazana case on grounds of universal jurisdiction

On the 8th of January, the Senegalese courts charged Paul Mwilambwe and placed him under judicial supervision, thereby reviving the case of human rights defenders Floribert Chebeya and Fidèle Bazana, assassinated in DRC in June 2010.

Mwilambwe, a former major in the Congolese National Police force (PNC) was in charge of security for the office of General John Numbi, head of the PNC, when the murders occurred. Mwilambwe then fled the country, ending up in Senegal. Whilst on the run, he testified in a filmed interview with France 24 (in French) denouncing his own participation and the role and involvement of senior members of the Congolese police, including General Numbi, in the murder of the human rights defenders.

The FIDH Litigation Action Group (LAG), who represent the Chebeya and Bazana families, filed the complaint on 2 June 2014 and the Senegalese judiciary opened an investigation. Our organisations [1] and the victims’ families expect these proceedings to help identify the persons responsible for these assassinations.

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