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Family sues Congo for the death of a young man in custody

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  • Six young people were found dead during police detention, and their families are now suing for damages.
  • A civil lawsuit was filed in Brazzaville Court by four of the six victims’ relatives.
  • Autopsy of four of the six corpses revealed that the victims were assaulted and killed in the assault.

Rights groups supporting them said on Friday that a family of six young people who died in police detention in Congo-Brazzaville in 2021 are suing the state for damages.

Six people whose bodies were found in police prisons in the capital Brazzaville in November are likely to have died as a result of overcrowding, officials said, but families and rights groups have challenged the account. ..

“We and our families are in civil lawsuits to take responsibility and get compensation,” Development Action Center (CAD) activist Tresor Nzila told AFP.

A civil lawsuit was filed in Brazzaville Court by four of the six victims’ relatives.

Nzila explained that the case “must be dealt with rigorously” and that it took time to file a proceeding.

“We had to wait for the autopsy results and collect other information,” he said.

Nzila added that the family felt “abandoned by the government.”

Forensic experts who performed autopsies on four of the six bodies determined that the victim had died from assault and assault.

Government spokesman Thierry Moungalla told AFP in November that the death was “probably a tragedy related to prison overcrowding.”

But Arnaud Nasimakoko, one brother of the deceased youth, told AFP:

“But we saw his body covered in blood.”

CAD believes that “torture has become endemic” in Central African countries.

In January, prosecutor Andre Ngakala Oko ordered the arrest of four policemen charged with torturing three young men, two of whom died.

In 2018, 13 young people were found dead at a police station in the eastern Mupira district of Brazzaville.

Six police officers were subsequently convicted of killing them and imprisoned for up to three years.


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Family sues Congo for the death of a young man in custody

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