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DRC: Political Prisoner on the Verge of Death

Claude Ramazani Mwenyewe, an official of opposition party UDPS, was arrested and held without trial since May 18, 2005 by Joseph Kabila's “pretorian guard”, says (FR) a UDPS statement posted on Le Blog du Congolais. UDPS calls for his release adding: “He is not given a right to family, medical or UDPS member visits. Forced to live, sleep and shit in the same narrow [subterranean] cell … he fell into a coma … He is currently agonizing in his cell. Guards have told his relatives that his death is imminent.” The statement goes on to say that EU Commissary Louis Michel who is perceived as a protector of Kabila should be held accountable if Ramazani passes while detained. Other UDPS officials from UDPS/Matadi such as Jose Nzau have been detained since May 2005 and UDPS also calls for their release.

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