Thirty sentenced to death over anti-police clashes in DR Congo

Thirty people were sentenced to death in the Democratic Republic of  Congo (DRC) after a one-day trial for their role in anti-police violence marking the end of Ramadan in the capital.

A policeman was killed in Kinshasa on Thursday as rival Muslim groups fought over the right to mark the end of Ramadan at a major sports stadium.

Lawyer Chief Tshipamba said 30 people,were sentenced to death in a trial that started on Friday, a day after the violence took place.

 A recording of the proceedings confirmed the verdict.

The DRC has not carried out death penalties since a moratorium was introduced in 2003. Since then, death sentences have been commuted to life imprisonment.

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