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Two Ugandan journalists released following six-day detention in Goma

(JED/IFEX) - Paul Harera Sebikali and Robert Isaur, Ugandan journalists with the independent weekly "The Monitor" published in Kampala (capital of Uganda), were released on 9 October 2007 at 8:00 p.m. (local time), by Colonel Delphin Kayimbi, assistant commander of the 8th Military District in Goma, capital of the province of North Kivu, in eastern DR Congo. No charges were held against them.

The two journalists had been taken into custody on 3 October 2007 in Mugunga (15 km south of Goma), while heading to the Masisi territory, a stronghold of the National Congress of the People (Congrès national du peuple, CNDP), a politico-military movement led by Nkunda.

Sebikali and Isaur were detained at the Intelligence Agency of the 8th Military District and at the time of their arrest were suspected of "attempting to deliver weapons to the dissident general." But according to Colonel Delphin Kayimbi, assistant commander of the 8th Military District, the two Ugandan journalists are officially accused for wanting "to make contact with the enemy of the DRC and to hold interviews without authorisation of the national army [Forces armées de la RDC, FARDC] in this war zone."

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