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The Foreigner Norwegian-British Democratic Republic of Congo captive charged with murder. A DRC military tribunal has charged Joshua French with the alleged murder of Tjostolv Moland, reports say. According to the indictment, dual Norway-UK national Joshua French is suspected to have given former fellow cellmate Moland sedatives and medicine to calm his anxiety, before strangling him.    Authorities believe French acted with intent and that the murder was planned, NRK reported.

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Norwegian-British Democratic Republic of Congo captive charged with murder

Published on Tuesday, 10th December, 2013 at 21:35 under the news category, by Linn Schjerven.

A DRC military tribunal has charged Joshua French with the alleged murder of Tjostolv Moland, reports say.



According to the indictment, dual Norway-UK national Joshua French is suspected to have given former fellow cellmate Moland sedatives and medicine to calm his anxiety, before strangling him.   

Authorities believe French acted with intent and that the murder was planned, NRK reported.

Moland was found dead in his cell on August 18th in Kinshasa jail. It was believed at the time he had taken his own life.

During the press conference that followed, however, DRC Investigations Director General Tim Mukutu related that there were certain indications of Moland having been strangled.

Officials have also reacted to the fact that Joshua French had not notified the guards immediately about his cellmate. 

“It is not normal that one remains alone in the cell with one’s dead friend for hours without saying anything,” said General Mukutu at the conference.

French stated this was because he did not trust the night guards, and was waiting for them to finish their shifts.

Norwegian defense counsel Hans Marius Graasvold told NRK, Tuesday, his client French does not recognize the sedation and strangling claim.

“This doesn’t make sense to  Kripos (Norwegian National Crime Investigation Service) and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs either,” the counsel said.  

DRC authorities had requested assistance from Kripos for the investigation, as well as examination of Moland’s body.

Mr. Graasvold points out that in connection with Kripos’ report, no evidence of sedative substances was found in the deceased’s body.

This formed part of the basis of DRC authorities concluding nothing criminal had occurred in connection with Moland’s death.

“There have also not been any new examinations after that,” explained Mr. Graasvold, citing this serves to illustrate the charges are “completely groundless.”

“This is why we think it is completely unfounded. We have an overview of the research that had been done, and for this reason can say that it has been completely plucked out of thin air,” he added.



Published on Tuesday, 10th December, 2013 at 21:35 under the news category, by Linn Schjerven.

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