Stanis Bujakera Tshiamala's lawyers express doubts about the expert appointed by the courts

Stanis Bujakera Tshiamala's lawyers express doubts about the expert appointed by the courts

Published on December 2, 2023

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Detained for almost three months and tried since October 13, at the rate of a hearing every two or three weeks, Stanis Bujakera Tshiamala is being prosecuted for an article, not signed by his name, based on un document presented as a note from the civilian intelligence services questioning military intelligence in the assassination in mid-July of the opponent Chérubin Okende.

The prosecutor also expresses doubts

For the authorities, this note was a fake. Affirming se Based on an analysis of metadata carried out using unspecified “software”, the public prosecutor accuses the journalist of having fabricated this document before sharing it through Telegram messaging and then in a WhatsApp group.

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contestant this analysis, the defense requested a second expertise, asking the court that it be conducted by two experts, a Congolese and a Canadian. On November 17, the court accepted the second opinion but, to lead it, designed an expert of his choice, hotly contested Friday by the lawyers.

“He is a state employee whose professional profile does not reassure us,” Mr. Charles Mushizi told the press on Friday, December 1, then that the prosecutor himself recognized that the competence of this expert could be debated. “An expert has been appointed, he is working, we will wait for him to deliver his results,” declared the president du court.

Very many supports

In an investigation published by media on Monday, the messaging services Telegram and Meta (owner of WhatsApp) indicated that it was not possible to prove that Stanis Bujakera Tshiamala was the original author of the document controversial. But for the prosecutor, this investigation aims to “disorient public opinion” and “obstruct the progress of the investigation”.

Since his arrest on September 8, calls have multiplied for the release of our correspondent. Among the many organizations having provided their support, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) affirms, after also carrying out its investigation, that the journalist is not the author of the intelligence services note.

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The defense requested a new request on Friday de provisional release, which the public prosecutor again opposed. The next hearing is scheduled for December 22, two days after the date set for the presidential and legislative elections in le countries.

(With AFP)

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