The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s high court docket has discovered a best presidential aide guilty of embezzling public funds and sentenced him to 20 several years in jail.
Critical Kamerhe, President Felix Tshisekedi’s 61-yr-old chief of employees, was observed responsible of “diverting community money worthy of 48.8m bucks” along with his co-accused, Lebanese businessman Jammal Samih, 79, the court docket claimed on Saturday.
“From every thing we have heard, the court has recognized as reality the offence of embezzlement of general public money relating to the quantity of $48,831,148,” mentioned presiding choose Pierrot Bankenge Mvita wearing a mask and rubber gloves.
The veteran power broker appeared at the a few-hour outdoor courtroom listening to in a blue and yellow jail jacket and also wore a mask to protect against the new coronavirus.
Kamerhe is the most senior politician to face corruption charges in DRC, the place higher-stage corruption is endemic.
He denies stealing cash earmarked for social housing below Tshisekedi’s flagship 100-working day setting up programme.
Kamerhe backed President Tshisekedi in his effective 2018 election marketing campaign in return for Tshisekedi’s assistance the next time about in 2023.
His arrest on April 8 despatched shock waves by the country’s governing coalition and the country.
Kamerhe’s supporters say the circumstance is politically inspired, aimed at blocking his chances of complicated Tshisekedi at the upcoming election in 2023.
Earlier in the month, the justice minister uncovered that the former presiding choose, who was originally said to have died of a coronary heart assault last month, was essentially murdered.