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Congo: Prisoner took his own life

Authorities in Congo have confirmed that Norwegian prisoner Tjolstolv Moland committed suicide in his cell. His friend Joshua French, who is still in prison in Congo, is relieved.


The autopsy report on Tjolstolv Moland's death was presented Wednesday afternoon. Earlier in the day Congo Police informed Joshua French that he is no longer a suspect in the case, and that all evidence points to Moland taking his own life.

"There are still a few tests that haven't been fully examined. Unless any new information is revealed, everything so far suggests that Moland killed himself," says the leader of the investigation, Tim Mukutu at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

Joshua French found Tjostolv Moland dead in his cell on August 18. Few days after it became known that French was a suspect in the case. He has refused to have anything to do with Moland's death.

Military police in Kinshasa on Monday received the autopsy report , which was written by both Norwegian and Congolese pathologists. There were no disagreements between the doctors on the content and conclusion of the report.

Meanwhile, Norwegian authorities still work to reach a diplomatic agreement with Congo so that Joshua French can be transferred back to Norway, to serve his sentence here, French's lawyer Marius Graasvold says.


Julie Ryland

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