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The Foreigner Norway Congo prisoner found dead in cell. The late 32-year-old Tjostolv Moland’s body was discovered in Kinshasa jail early Sunday morning. Confirming the fact, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide added at a press conference, “Our thoughts and sympathies go to his next of kin and the aggrieved.” Moland and fellow Norwegian Joshua French were imprisoned in Kinshasa for allegedly killing their driver Abedi Kasongo on 5 May 2009. Both have consistently denied their guilt.

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Norway Congo prisoner found dead in cell

Published on Sunday, 18th August, 2013 at 21:58 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 25th September 2013 at 21:41.

The late 32-year-old Tjostolv Moland’s body was discovered in Kinshasa jail early Sunday morning.



Confirming the fact, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide added at a press conference, “Our thoughts and sympathies go to his next of kin and the aggrieved.”

Moland and fellow Norwegian Joshua French were imprisoned in Kinshasa for allegedly killing their driver Abedi Kasongo on 5 May 2009. Both have consistently denied their guilt.

They were sentenced to death at their trial in September that year for murder, attempted murder, espionage, armed robbery and attempting to form a criminal association.

Handed the death sentence for a on three occasions, the last by a court in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Kisingani in 2010 following their appeal of the 2009 verdict, Moland was found guilty of the murder of the driver.

Both he and French were convicted of espionage, illegal weapons possession, attempted murder, armed robbery, and for having formed a criminal association.

They were transferred to the jail in Kinshasa fro Kisingani just before Christmas 2011.

Neither appealed their death sentences this time, hoping to be extradited to Norway to serve their sentences back home.

Foreign Minister Barth Eide would not comment what information Norwegian authorities possess regarding the cause of Moland’s death, VG reports him as saying.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs immediately sent a representative to the Kinshasa jail following the news.

“We expect that the Congolese authorities to cooperate fully regarding [matters concerning] Moland’s coffin and a clarification of Joshua French’s situation,” declared the Foreign Minister.

He has previously raised the matter of the extradition of both men directly with DRC President Joseph Kabila.

“There is no information to suggest he [French] is in any acute danger in relation to what has happened now, but his situation has been difficult for several years. We’re working as hard as we can to get him safely home to Norway [now],” Foreign Minister Barth Eide concluded.



Published on Sunday, 18th August, 2013 at 21:58 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 25th September 2013 at 21:41.

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