The scenario had gradually gained credibility in recent months. Even if Kamerhe’s entourage did not dare to affirm it publicly for fear of “giving in to triumphalism”, the annulment, by the Court of Cassation last April, of the conviction of Tshisekedi’s former chief of staff had been interpreted as a first step towards an acquittal.
Judged during a second appeal trial on June 2, Vital Kamerhe was therefore acquitted this Thursday, June 23, according to his relatives and one of his lawyers, contacted by Capcov.
He had been sentenced at first instance, in June 2020, to 20 years in prison and 10 years of ineligibility for corruption and embezzlement in the management of funds intended for the project. of the “hundred days” of the Head of State. This sentence was then reduced to 13 years in prison during a first appeal trial in June 2021.
DRC: Vital Kamerhe back in court… and soon in politics?
Released on bail for medical reasons last December, the boss of the Union for the Congolese Nation (UNC) had convalesced for four months in France before returning to Kinshasa after the announcement of the cancellation of the conviction in call. Since then, he had restricted himself to great discretion, relying on a very restricted circle of collaborators.