The South African National Army confirmed on Monday that eleven soldiers were found guilty in the Democratic Republic of Congo on charges of assaulting a 17-year-old boy.
The SANDC said it was a watershed case in a military court. A total of 16 members of the magistrate’s intervention brigade (FIB) of Operation Mistral in the DRC were charged for the first time under the Prevention and Combating of Torture Act.
“Of the original 16 accused, 11 were found guilty. Five of the accused were acquitted, “the SAND said in a statement. “Although none of the accused were found guilty of charges that they violated the Act, they were found guilty of charges of assault. This case paves the way for future application of the law. ”
The incident occurred in January this year.
“Three South African soldiers arrested a Congolese 17-year-old teenager. He suspected that he stole plastic drums and tumblers from the South African soldiers. They took him to the military base where he was assaulted. He sustained minor injuries. ”
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