The appeal trial for the so-called « 100 days works case » in which Vital Kamerhe, the businessman Samih Jammal and others were convicted by the Congolese justice system will resume on 31 May 2021.
Vital Kamerhe and all the other people indicted in the corruption trial, as part of the work of the 100 days of President Félix Tshisekedi will return to court, from May 31, 2021 for the continuation of the appeal process. The information was confirmed by the local media Actualite.cd.
Resumed on Monday, February 15, 2021, after several successive postponements, the appeal trial of Vital Kamerhe and others, convicted in first instance, has been suspended following the referral of the Court of Cassation by one of the parties present. « To allow the Court of Appeal to be the church in the middle of the village, the Court decreed the postponement of the trial, » said the first president of the Court of Appeal of Kinshasa/Gombe and president of the chamber that sat in the public hearing on Monday 15 February at the central prison of Makala.
And one of Samih Jammal’s lawyers had added: « The Court of Appeal of Kinshasa/Gombe ordered the adjournment because one of the parties to the trial says that it does not have confidence in it and finds that the judges are no longer in the middle of the village, the judges have shown partiality and she no longer trusts them.
Opened on 8 April 2020 with the arrest of the director of cabinet and main ally of President Félix Tshisekedi, the judicial investigation led to a trial and the sentencing, on 20 June 2020, of the main defendants, Vital Kamerhe and Samih Jammal, to heavy sentences of 20 years of penal servitude. As for Jeannot Muhima, he received a much lighter sentence of two years of hard labour.
Congolese public opinion is waiting for the appeal to continue so that the truth can emerge in this case, which, over the days, weeks and months, has proved to be more political than an ordinary trial.