PaulMukendiWaBukole is definitively arrested and brought before the competent authorities of our justice, and that he responds to these accusations in the respect of his fundamental rights “,” text “:” We are writing this petition so that Mr PaulMukendiWaBukole is definitively arrested and referred before the competent authorities of our justice, and that he responds to these accusations in the respect of his fundamental rights “}}”>We are writing this petition so that Mr. Paul Mukendi Wa Bukole is definitively arrested and brought before the competent authorities of our justice, and that he responds to these accusations while respecting his fundamental rights., can we read in the document available on the Internet.
TurnedNews.com spoke with the instigator of this petition, Maotela Mbele Kamangu. This Congolese man, father of five children including four daughters, said he was worried that a criminal could live freely and with impunity in his country of origin.
” I am extremely afraid for my four daughters. How are my daughters going to stay in a society where […] perpetrators of violence against women are not punished? “
Mr. Kamangu’s petition was put online a few weeks ago and has only gotten the support of 78 people so far. Mr. Kamangu does not intend to stop there.
The minister via her Twitter account did not officially respond to me, but thank God, there are several Congolese who contacted me, he assures, including competent people from a legal point of view.
Possible to condemn Mukendi in the DRC?
Mr. Kamangu indicates that under the Criminal Code of the DRC, Paul Mukendi could be arrested and brought to Congolese justice, even if his crimes were committed in Canada.
Verification done, this is indeed what is written in article 3 of the Penal Code, which reads as follows:
It could therefore be another way since Canada and the DRC are not bound by an extradition treaty. This complicates the procedures to bring Paul Mukendi back to Canadian soil so that he serves his prison terms which now total 10 years.
However, the question arises as to whether Paul Mukendi could actually stand trial in the DRC, when he has already been convicted of his crimes in Canada.
The evangelical pastor was first sentenced to eight years in prison, in 2019, for an assault on a minor. He tried to appeal his case, but his request was rejected on August 16, 2021.
While he had promised to report to jail on August 20, he instead flew to Toronto on August 18 to flee the country, unnoticed by Canadian authorities.
When it came time to slip away, Paul Mukendi knew he would have to stand another trial for another sexual assault case. The trial concluded this week, in his absence, with a guilty verdict and a two-year prison sentence.
The image of the DRC
Mr. Kamangu says denouncing is his
civic duty.PaulMukendi, he said, but it is a systemic situation in our society. We must denounce the crimes in our society because these crimes go unpunished. “,” Text “:” This is not a specific situation linked to Mr PaulMukendi, he said, but it is a systemic situation in our society . We must speak out against crimes in our society because these crimes go unpunished. “}}”>This is not a specific situation linked to Mr. Paul Mukendi, he said, but it is a systemic situation in our society. We must speak out against crimes in our society because these crimes go unpunished.
” We are in a society where impunity is systemic. So it is time, at some point, to be able to stop, and then question the responsibility of the Congolese authorities so that the criminals are brought before the courts and tribunals. “
If the DRC becomes a
refuge for criminals, the image of the country will tarnish further, believes Mr. Kamangu.
Our society is currently suffering from it because there are cases of sexual violence that are listed in several NGO reports, such as official reports.
TurnedNews.com tried to get a reaction from the Congolese government, without success. We also contacted the pastor’s press secretary, Marie-Ève Lepage, who had not responded at the time of this writing.
In his recent video appearances on the Internet, Paul Mukendi has continued to proclaim his innocence in relation to the crimes of which he has been convicted. He maintains that he is the victim of a conspiracy orchestrated by homosexuals.