Congo: Norwegians face death sentence

The two Norwegians on trial for alleged murder

and espionage in the Democratic Republic of

Congo on Friday heard the councel

for the prosecution ask for a death sentence

times five for the two.

He had earlier demanded a total of US$ 500 billion

in damages from the Norwegian state.

The two, Tjostolv Moland (28) and Joshua French (27),

were detained and jailed in DR Congo earlier

this summer, charged with killing

their driver/translator on May 5th.

Later they were also charged with espionage

for Norway, and for arms smuggling.

The two Norwegians both deny the accusations,

saying the driver was shot in an ambush

by a group of guerillas while driving through

the jungle, while they themselves

were able to escape.

According to reports, the two say they were

in the process of setting up a private

security company in the region.

A verdict is expected sometime next week.


Rolleiv Solholm

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