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Breaking News – Attempted murder against Modeste BOUKADIA in Congo-Brazzaville

The Congolese newspaper Emmanuel, in his issue 239 published Tuesday, November 22, 2016, page 5, alerted the international opinion with its  alarming tittle: Attempted murder of Modeste BOUKADIA in Pointe-Noire. The Consulate of France intervened and a complaint was filed in Paris in France. The Director of the Pointe-Noire prison [named Pierre Pongui] defended himself explaining he followed the orders of the Ministry of Justice, Mr. MABIALA, [who is in charge of monitoring state prisons]

A bit of context

Mr Modeste Boukadia is a political prisoner in the Republic of Congo. Jailed in January 2016 for having voiced his opinion he never faced a trial during his 11 months long detention.  14 other members of his party were jailed in August 2013 and faced trial 6 months later in 2014. The UN Working Groups on Arbitrary Detentions condemned the arrest as politically motivated and ordered the release of these political prisoners. The Republic of Congo has so far refused to free these political prisoners. Some were condemned to 2 years’ prison sentence but are still held in jail, although their prison sentence has been served. Continue reading Breaking News – Attempted murder against Modeste BOUKADIA in Congo-Brazzaville

Breaking News: Clashes leave 17 dead in Congo

CONGO, BRAZZAVILLE – At least seventeen people died on Monday fighting in Congo’s capital Brazzaville, the government said, adding they had been killed in a “terror attack” and the subsequent “rapid intervention” by security forces. Source ENCA.COM

“Three members of the security forces, two civilians and 12 attackers” were killed in the unrest in the city’s south, according to a “provisional toll” posted by government spokesman Thierry Moungalla on Twitter Tuesday. Continue reading Breaking News: Clashes leave 17 dead in Congo

Seventeen killed in clashes in Congo’s Brazzaville after disputed election

Seventeen people have died in clashes that erupted in the wake of President Denis Sassou Nguesso’s disputed re-election, according to a government statement released on national television and radio on Tuesday. Source: France24

Gunbattles broke out on Monday in southern Brazzaville, an opposition stronghold, shattering the relative calm since the March 20 election that opposition candidates say was fraudulent. Continue reading Seventeen killed in clashes in Congo’s Brazzaville after disputed election

Miscarriage of justice against Modeste Boukadia

Miscarriage of justice against Modeste Boukadia, president of the Circle of Democrats and Republicans of Congo (CDRC)

We all remember the arrest of Modeste Boukadia, President of the Circle of Democrats and Republicans of Congo (CDRC), on January 15th 2016 as he stepped off the plane at the Brazzaville airport at 18:30 that evening. The Hollywood movie style arrest was not publicised in the media, (especially in France which raises questions), as he was so impressively “welcomed” by 1900 soldiers and police officers, not to mention the 10 armoured vehicles and helicopters circling above Maya Maya airport. It was as if they were expecting a military attack or a terrorist leader when President Boukadia was only returning home to the country of his birth. Continue reading Miscarriage of justice against Modeste Boukadia

Freedom, I write your name

A year ago, the whole world said “I am Charlie”. That tragic event reminds us that the right to Life and the right to Freedom of Speech are precious gifts.

On January 15th 2016, after he landed in Brazzaville, Modeste Boukadia was welcomed by 1900 soldiers with armed vehicles and driven to Pointe Noire detention centre. His sentence: 30 years forced labour for expressing a political opinion.

UNDERSTANDING “THE BOUKADIA CASE”

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PRESS RELEASE: ARREST OF MR MODESTE BOUKADIA, BRAZZAVILLE (CONGO)

Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen
The French Association for the Support of Political Prisoners in Congo – Brazzaville (AFSPP-CB) wishes to inform you that Mr. Modeste Boukadia has been arrested in Brazzaville, Congo, on 15 January 2016 at 6.30 pm. As soon as the Air France Flight 896 that carried him back to his homeland landed at Maya-Maya airport in Brazzaville, Mr Boukadia was handcuffed and hurried to Pointe-Noire state prison without being presented to a judge in Brazzaville. Mr. Modeste Boukadia is the elected President of the National Council of Southern Congo (CNESC – Conseil National du Sud Congo) and the President of political party Circle of Democrats and Republicans in Congo (CDRC – Cercle des Democrates et Republicains du Congo)

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