Despite the fact that a journalist in the Congo was granted proviso-release after terrorism investigation was dismissed, he was given re-entry after being granted lenient release
On Tuesday, a journalist held in the Democratic Republic of Congo for possessing smuggled video footage of the assassination of two UN sanctions monitors in 2017 was granted temporary release pending further investigation, his lawyer said.
Sosthene Kambidi, a Congolese news agency and at times with international news agencies, was arrested three weeks ago and told he was being investigated for criminal conspiracy, rebellion, and terrorism. Prosecutors did not elaborate further.
Kambidi contributed to an investigation by Radio France Internationale and Reuters in December 2017, which revealed state security agents had helped plan a trip by the United Nations monitors to investigate reports of atrocities in Congo's Kasai region.
According to Kambidi's lawyer, Gode Kabongo, and the prosecutor' s written order, military prosecutors have dropped the conspiracy, rebellion, or terrorism investigations but will continue to investigate for "culpable abstention".
Culpable abstention refers to a failure to perform stipulations. Kabongo said it was unclear to what in this case what it is referring to.
A military spokesman declined to comment. The chief military prosecutor was unavailable for comment on this matter immediately.
diplomats and human rights groups expressed alarm at the time of his arrest, citing his professionalism and role in uncovering details about the killing of the U.N. monitors, Zaida Catalan, an American, and Michael Sharp, another American.
Catalan and Sharp were arrested along the road by armed men during the 2017 mission, marched into a field, and executed.
Congolese authorities have blamed a militia that was fighting an insurrection against the government for the incident. They later arrested several government officials who, according to them, were working with the rebels.
The trial has lasted more than four years, and several defendants have died in custody.