DRC alleged plotters to appear in court
14 February 2013, 11:29
Johannesburg - The 20 men accused of plotting a coup in the
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will appear in the Pretoria Regional Court
Last week, the court formally charged 19 DRC rebels with plotting
to stage a coup in their home country.
The group was arrested on 5 February in a pre-dawn raid in
A man believed to be the ring-leader of the group was
arrested on 8 February in Cape Town.
The men are accused of preparing to receive military
training to topple DRC president Joseph Kabila.
"They intended on unseating president Kabila
unconstitutionally," prosecutor Shaun Abrahams told the court.
Abrahams said the men were members of the Union of
Nationalists for the Renewal of the DRC.
They were not asked to plead during their previous
The case was adjourned to allow investigators to verify
their identities and for the men to engage lawyers.