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Democratic Republic of Congo: Further information on torture / medical concern / fear of torture / prisoners of conscience:

, Index number: AFR 62/041/1997

Zahidi Arthur Ngoma, Ingele Ifoto, Justin Kapempe, Jean Marie Lukundji and new name: Mosi Mwati: The four leading members of the Forces fu Futur are still in detention in Kinshasa. Seven other men also arrested with them on 25 November were released on the evening of 27 November. Those still detained were reportedly ill-treated and tortured. Mosi Mwati, arrested on 25 November and rearrested on 4 December at his house. He has been interrogated several times but no official charges have been brought against him.

EXTERNAL AI Index: AFR 62/41/97
11 December 1997
Further information on EXTRA 163/97 (AFR 62/38/97, 27 November 1997) - Torture
/ Medical concern / Fear of torture / Prisoners of conscience
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO Zahidi Arthur Ngoma
Ingele Ifoto
Justin Kampempe
Jean-Marie Lukudji
new name: Mosi Mwati, journalist
The four leaders of the political movement known as Forces du Futur, Forces
of the Future, named above, are still in detention in Kinshasa. Seven other
men, who had been arrested with them on 25 November 1997, were released on
the evening of 27 November, after it had become clear that they had not been
actively involved in the work of Forces du Futur.
Amnesty International has received more information about the ill-treatment
of those who remain in custody. Zahidi Arthur Ngoma was whipped on his back
and buttocks. Ingele Ifoto was reportedly beaten and tortured on his genitals.
A soldier stabbed Justin Kampempe’s eye with a pen. Justin Kampempe is reportedly
seriously suffering from the injuries sustained during the ill-treatment and
is reportedly still being denied access to a doctor. On 28 November, the four
detainees were transferred from the Gendarmerie headquarters known as Circo
to the Centre penitentiaire et de réeducation, Penitentiary and Reeducation
Centre, formerly known as Makala central prison, in Kinshasa. On 29 November,
they were transferred to the prison of the newly established Security Court
in Linguala, where they were held in a cellar and denied visits. On 2 December,
they were transferred again to the Centre penitentiaire et de réeducation.
One of the journalists briefly arrested with members of Forces du Futur on
25 November, Mosi Mwati, was rearrested by members of the security forces on
the afternoon of 4 December at his house. He was first taken to a police station
and the next day transferred to a detention centre of the Police d’intervention
rapide (PRI), Rapid Intervention Police. On 8 December, he was transferred
to a cell of the security service known as the Agence nationale de renseignements
(ANR). His wife has been able to see him there but not allowed to speak to
him. Apparently, Mosi Mwati has been interrogated several times at the Conseil
national de la sécurité (CNS), National Security Council, but no official
charges have been brought against him. The reasons for his rearrest are not
known, but it might be related to his attendance of the Forces du Futur press
conference. He is reportedly on hunger-strike.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/express/airmail letters in
French or in your own language:
- expressing concern about the continued detention without charge of the four
Forces du Futur leaders, and the rearrest of the journalist Mosi Mwati;
- calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Zahidi Arthur Ngoma,
Ingele Ifoto, Justin Kampempe and Jean-Marie Lukudji, detained for exercising
their right to freedom of expression and association;
- asking for the reasons of Mosi Mwati’s arrest, and calling for his immediate
and unconditional release, unless he is promptly charged with a recognisably
criminal offence;
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- calling for a prompt, independent and impartial investigation into the alleged
torture and ill-treatment of the approximately 20 people arrested on 25
November, and to bring those responsible to justice;
- urging that immediate steps be taken to ensure that those still held will
not be subjected to further ill-treatment or torture;
- urging that they be allowed immediate and full access to medical care, legal
counsel and their families.
We are currently unable to obtain fax numbers for the DRC authorities. Therefore,
please send equal numbers of appeals to (1) the authorities listed below and
(2) to the diplomatic representatives of DRC in your country, asking them,
as a matter of urgency, to forward your appeal on to the authorities in DRC
President
Son Excellence Laurent-Désiré KABILA
Président de la République
Présidence de la République
Kinshasa-Ngaliema
Democratic Republic of Congo
Telegrams: President Kabila, Kinshasa DR Congo
Salutation: Monsieur le Président de la République
Minister of Justice
M. Célestin LWANGI
Ministre de la Justice
Ministère de la Justice
BP 3137, Kinshasa-Gombe
Democratic Republic of Congo
Telegrams: Ministre Justice, Kinshasa, DR Congo
Salutation: Monsieur le Ministre
Minister of Foreign Affairs
M. Bizima KARAHA
Ministère des Affaires étrangères
BP 7100
Kinshasa-Gombe
République Démocratique du Congo
Telegrams: Ministre Affaires Etrangères, Kinshasa, DR Congo
Salutation: Monsieur le Ministre
COPIES TO:
Le Phare (independent newspaper), Fax: +1 212 3769270 (this is a number in
the United States but the fax will be transmitted to Le Phare)
and to diplomatic representatives of the Democratic Republic of Congo accredited
to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 12 January 1998.

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