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Lawyers: Murder of Congolese PM was war crime

Lawyers: Murder of Congolese PM was war crime

A team of Belgian lawyers say they are asking prosecutors to bring war crimes charges against officials allegedly involved in the assassination of Congo's first democratically elected prime minister 50 years ago.
The group includes several prominent attorneys, the dean of Brussels University's law school and a historian whose work sparked a parliamentary investigation into the killing of Patrice Lumumba.
In 2002 Belgium officially apologized for its role in Lumumba's elimination after the investigation found it was "morally responsible" for his death.
Lumumba's death shocked the world in the months following Congolese independence from Belgium, and ushered in the dictatorship of Western-backed Mobutu Sese Seko, who was overthrown in 1997.