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DRC to Release 2,000 Prisoners in January

Democratic Republic of Congo will release about 2,000 prisoners this month in a bid to calm political tension at the start of an election year and reduce overcrowding in jails, the justice minister said on Tuesday. Human rights groups welcomed the announcement but criticized the government for ignoring scores of prisoners they say have been detained for accusing President Joseph Kabila of trying to stay in power after his mandate ends in December. Kabila became president in 2001, won...

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