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Ex-Congo colonel denies torture

A former Congolese colonel on trial in the Netherlands has denied crimes against humanity in DR Congo during the civil war in the 1990s. Sebastien Nzapali, known as “the king of the beasts”, faces charges of torture and rape during the regime of the late dictator Mobutu Sese Seko. Dutch prosecutors asked for a five-year prison sentence. This is the first case of war crimes committed in another country to reach a Dutch national court. Mr Nzapali rejected the allegations against him and called his indictment a “manipulation”. He applied for political asylum in the Netherlands in 1998. But the Dutch authorities only granted him temporary status because they suspected he was guilty of war crimes. He was allowed to stay until he was arrested in September 2003 after three Congolese nationals in Congo filed charges against him. Full Story

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