Former special adviser to President Félix Tshisekedi for strategic issues, Vidiye Tshimanga, 46, is being prosecuted for “passive corruption”, “influence peddling” and “offending the head of state”, according to the indictment. .
DRC: what justice reproaches Vidiye Tshimanga
In turmoil since the publication, on September 15, by the Swiss newspaper Time, videos that show him negotiating money to pseudo-investors in the mining sector, Vidiye Tshimanga appeared in person, assisted by eight lawyers, during the first hearing before the Kinshasa-Gombe peace court.
“Without complaint, or victim”
At the opening of the trial, the defense highlighted procedural exceptions, including the “unconstitutionality” of the “offense to the Head of State” and the court’s “territorial incompetence” to judge acts which, according to her, took place outside the DRC. “Without complaint, nor denunciation”, “without victim”, Vidiye Tshimanga was brought before the court for “acts allegedly committed outside the territory”, declared Me Arthur Bomana, president of the group of lawyers of the accused. . The former adviser is the victim of “relentless” prosecution, insisted on defence, who called on the court to declare itself incompetent.
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The prosecutor, for his part, maintained that the acts of corruption had been committed by videoconference while Vidiye Tshimanga was indeed on national territory. “The victim is the Congolese state, it is Congolese society. [Avec cette affaire], all Congolese have seen nepotism at the top of the state”, reacted Raymond Kalonda. In the video, the former adviser insists on his closeness to Félix Tshisekedi, indicating in particular that he participated in the financing of his electoral campaign in 2018.
At the end of the debates, the case was taken under advisement. The court is expected to issue its decision within ten days at come.