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Congo colonel gets 20 years after rape trial


BARAKA, Congo (AP) — A Congolese court has sentenced a colonel to 20 years in the highest-profile rape case ever held in the massive Central African nation where sexual violence is endemic.

Forty-nine women testified in the mobile court in the lakeside village of Baraka in eastern Congo. The women – from a newlywed to a white-haired grandmother – relayed horrifying tales of being gang-raped and beaten by Congolese soldiers.

Lt. Col. Mutuare Daniel Kibibi denied all charges before Monday’s sentencing.


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The court of military judges was paid for by U.S. legal aid agencies and the U.N. mission to Congo.

Rape has become a military strategy by the various groups of fighters to intimidate, punish and control the population in eastern Congo.

© 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Congo colonel gets 20 years after rape trial


BARAKA, Congo (AP) — A Congolese court has sentenced a colonel to 20 years in the highest-profile rape case ever held in the massive Central African nation where sexual violence is endemic.

Forty-nine women testified in the mobile court in the lakeside village of Baraka in eastern Congo. The women – from a newlywed to a white-haired grandmother – relayed horrifying tales of being gang-raped and beaten by Congolese soldiers.

Lt. Col. Mutuare Daniel Kibibi denied all charges before Monday’s sentencing.


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The court of military judges was paid for by U.S. legal aid agencies and the U.N. mission to Congo.

Rape has become a military strategy by the various groups of fighters to intimidate, punish and control the population in eastern Congo.

© 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

More articles filed under National News

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