The government within the Democratic Republic of Congo have arrested seventy five suspected militiamen for homicide and rape inside the province of South Kivu.
they are accused of concentrated on very younger ladies, reportedly associating them with supernaturalprotection.
those detained encompass the institution‘s alleged leader, Frederic Batumike, who is a provincial deputy.
maximum of DR Congo has recovered from almost a decade of warfare however rebel violence keeps injap regions.
Justice Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba stated Mr Batumike and 74 of his combatants had been arrestedultimate week for repeated rapes of about 30 very younger women close to the village of Kavumu.
“The defense force that works for him recruited a fetishist who advises the militiamen to rape very youngwomen to be confident of having supernatural safety,” Mr Thambwe said.
The justice minister also said Mr Batumike become accused of ordering the killing of a German engineer, Walter Muller, and a Congolese human rights activist named as Evariste Kasali.
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The director of the UN human rights office inside the DRC, Jose Maria Aranaz, applauded the arrests.
“We welcome the authorities‘ movement to place an quit to those horrible practices and bring the onesaccountable to justice,” he said.
a few 5 million lives were misplaced in DR Congo’s struggle between 1994 and 2003.