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DR Congo president’s ex-aide returns home from jail

BBC Monitoring The world through its media

The former chief of staff of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi, Vital Kamerhe, has returned to his residence after being granted a provisional release.

His aide is quoted by local media as saying that he was fine and reunited with his family.

Mr Kamerhe was granted provisional freedom for health reasons.

His release was dependent on the payment of $500,000 (£377,000) bail.

Mr Kamerhe was on 20 June last year sentenced to 20 years of hard labour by the Gombe high court in a case of misappropriation of public funds.

His sentence was reduced on appeal to 13 years of hard labour in June 2021.

He is the most senior politician to face trial for corruption in the country. His lawyer alleged the trial was political.

Mr Kamerhe backed President Tshisekedi in the 2018 election in an apparent arrangement for the president to support him in the 2023 vote.

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