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Democratic Republic of Congo: Fear of ill-treatment / fear for safety

, N° d'index: AFR 62/010/1998

Léonard Bozi, Pierre Kafungi, François Tshimbumba, Jean-Maire Tshimanga, Désiré Elompasi, Alexandre Katambayi, Willy Kanku, Démocrate Mukanya, Dénis Kanyinda, all members of the Union for Democracy and Social Progres (UDPS); Etienne Tshisekedi and his bodyguards: Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of the men named above, following their arrest on 12 February 1998 at the home in Kinshasa of Etienne Tshisekedi, leader of UDPS. Etienne Tshisekedi was arrested without a warrant by members of Congolese Armed Forces. He is accused of violating the ban on political activity imposed by President Laurent Kabila since he came to power. The other members were arrested after they tried to intervene tp prevent the arrest of Etienne Tshisekedi. They were reportedly beaten and ill-treated.They may be held at the National Intelligence Agency.

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