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Group demands justice for DRC student Mike Zama killed in Rome

Dozens of people are expected to demonstrate on Wednesday in front of the Italian embassy in Kinshasa, to demand the truth about the death of Congolese student in Rome in September.

This is called addressing the right person. And for these visibly angry Congolese, the right person is the Italian embassy in the DRC who should be under fire to shed light on the circumstances surrounding the death of Mike Zama on September 26 in Rome.

If the Italian government has not yet commented on the matter, relatives believe that the 21 year old student who was found with a bullet in lodged in his neck, was a victim of a premeditated murder.

Prosecution of the accused have been rejected, citing self-defense. “The suspect alleged that the victim assaulted him several times with knives and confiscated his weapon before committing killing himself”.

A thesis that is far from convincing to the victim’s lawyer. He insisted that Mike Zama was shot in the neck, and that he was actually the victim of a premeditated murder. The mother of the victim suspects the Italian police has already exonerated the perpetrator of this murder, instead of conducting an independent investigation first.

Many murders of Africans linked to racism

An NGO fighting for the rights of Africans in Europe wants Kinshasa government to instruct the DRC ambassador to Rome to contact the Italian authorities urgently, so that a credible investigation can be conducted, and the perpetrator brought to the court in accordance with Italian law.

This murder comes about three months after the death in France of Mamoudou Barry. On July 19, the teacher-researcher succumbed to the wounds sustained after an assault in Rouen.

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