Court Releases Former DR Congo PM From Brief House Arrest
Umer Jamshaid 12 days ago Thu 15th July 2021 | 12:51 PM
Kinshasa, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 15th Jul, 2021 ) :DR Congo's Constitutional Court on Wednesday reversed its decision to place former prime minister Augustin Matata Ponyo under house arrest, his lawyer said.
The court's ruling came just the day after it had imposed the house arrest on Matata pending an investigation into embezzlement charges.
Onyemba had responded to the original court decision to place his client under house arrest by saying it was a political decision.
The lawyer said the court was accusing the former PM of having ordered the payment of more than $110 million (93 million Euros) to fictitious creditors and alleged victims of "Zaireanisation." Launched in the 1970s by then dictator Mobutu Sese Seka, Zaireanisation entailed expropriating the assets of foreign entrepreneurs but without compensation.
The allegations are "false down the line," Onyemba said.
In November, the IGF state spending watchdog reported that the equivalent of $205 million (173 million euros) had been plundered out of $285 million disbursed for a pilot agro-industrial scheme in Bukangalonzo, 250 kilometres (155 miles) southeast of the capital.
The IGF implicated Matata in its report, saying he was the "intellectual author" of the crime.
He denied the accusations and lodged a complaint against the IGF's head and three other financial investigators over "slanderous" claims.