Almost six months have passed since the arrest on 5 February of Francois Beyabut the case against the former security adviser of Felix Tshisekeditried since June 3 for conspiracy against the head of state and released on bail on August 16, remains unclear. The ex-securocrat appears with several co-defendants, including his director of protocol, Colonel David Cikapahis private secretary, Guy Vanda, but also the brigadier Tonton Twadi Secrets, the principal senior commissioner Lily Tambwe Mauwa and Lieutenant Colonel Pierre Kalenga Kalenga.
DRC – François Beya: hearings, daily life in prison… The ex-advisor of Tshisekedi confides in his relatives
Between February 28 and May 7, François Beya was heard at least ten times and confronted with other key players in the case. His first interrogation took place more than three weeks after his arrest and his arrival at the premises of the National Intelligence Agency (ANR). He will be auditioned there seven times, in a climate tense and in the presence of the general administrator (AG) of the ANR, Jean-Herve Mbelu Biosha – whose appointment Beya had facilitated as deputy to the boss of the ANR in 2019. The former adviser also accuses Mbelu of being “relentless” towards him: “I consider myself to be his prisoner staff”, he says at the end of one of his hearings.
Over the weeks, investigators questioned Beya about his political loyalties and ties to Joseph Kabila. They also asked him to respond to charges of conspiracy and withholding information.