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Carbone Beni

Carbone Beni

National Filimbi coordinator

About

He was arrested on 30 December 2017 along with five other activists while mobilising Kinshasa residents to attend peaceful protests scheduled the next day following a call from the Catholic Church’s Lay coordination committee (CLC). Two of them were released, but Carbone Beni, national Filimbi movement coordinator, and his three comrades from the same citizens’ movement, Grance Tshunza, Mino Bompomi and Cédric Kalonji, were detained at the ANR and denied the right to receive visits from their families and access to their lawyer.

In January 2018, Carbone Beni spent several days in an ANR medical facility to treat injuries following his brutal arrest. Lower abdominal pain had become increasingly severe during the month of March. On 1 May 2018, he was taken to the Ngaliema clinic in Kinshasa, where doctors diagnosed him with hernia and appendicitis. The next day, the activist was transferred to the Diamant hospital for surgery.

On 7 June, Carbone and his three companions of misfortune were transferred to the Gombe prosecutor’s office in Kinshasa and subsequently to the capital’s central prison. According to their lawyer, they are accused among others of “contempt of the head of state” and “breach of state security.” Their appeal for provisional release was rejected.

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