Norwegians given death sentence by Congo court

A Congo military tribunal has found two Norwegians on trial for alleged murder and espionage guilty on all accounts and has sentenced them both to death. They will also have to pay a total of more than US$ 60 milllion in damages.

The two, Tjostolv Moland (28) and Joshua French (27), were detained and jailed in DR Congo earlier this summer, charged with killing their driver/translator on May 5th.

Later they were also charged with espionage for Norway, and for arms smuggling. The two have denied all charges.

Norwegian authorities have the whole time refuted the charges of espionage for Norway.

When the sentence was announced in the Kisangani military tribunal, the public present applauded.

The defence now has five days in which to appeal the sentence.

 

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