DR Congo football tycoon on trial

A trial opens today involving one of Democratic Republic of Congo's main opposition leaders, Moise Katumbi, who is accused of recruiting mercenaries back in 2015.

Mr Katumbi and six others, including an American national, face charges of attempting to destabilise the country.

The businessman and former governor of southern Katanga province is being tried in absentia. He has been living
in self-imposed exile for two years.

Mr Katumbi told the BBC on Tuesday that he intends to return to DR Congo within two months to file his nomination for the December presidential elections.

The tycoon, who also owns TP Mazembe football club, is also involved in several other cases in the country.

He was recently detained briefly at Brussels airport because of an issue with his passport.

Mr Katumbi later said authorities in DR Congo had cancelled his Congolese passport.

On Monday, a group of 50 parliamentarians wrote an open letter to President Joseph Kabila asking him to put "a stop" to what they describe as the "judicial harassment" of Mr Katumbi.


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