DRC: 14 SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER OF RAPPER TWINS
December 5, 2020:
A court in the Democratic Republic of Congo on 3 December 2020 sentenced 14 men to death for the murder of twin brothers, who were burned alive in a remote community. (Source: AFP, 04/12/2020)
The 14 were found guilty of the killing of Max Nsenga Ntumba and Perce Muamba Ntumba, two rap artists from the capital Kinshasa who were in the southwestern Central Kongo province, prosecution lawyer Tresor Lobo told AFP.
In all, 25 people were charged over the killings on the night of 30 July, but the court acquitted nine suspects for lack of evidence and separated proceedings for the other two.
The two rappers, aged 28, were severely beaten and then set on fire in the village of Kinzau Mvuete after they were accused of trying to steal the motorcycle of a man who was giving them a ride.
Local media said the twins were headed for Matadi, 60 kilometres to the west of the village, to give concerts at the invitation of a music producer.
"Justice must be done for our two brothers," their brother Salvador Munku told AFP in August. "They were neither thieves nor uncivil people."
Each convicted man was ordered to pay 10 000 dollars apiece for each victim, Lobo said, declaring himself "satisfied" with the verdict.