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Former health minister sentenced to forced labour

by OtownGist

A former health minister in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been sentenced to five years of forced labour for stealing more than $400,000 (£350,000) from funds intended to fight the Ebola epidemic.

Oly Ilunga and his financial advisor were convicted of forging tens of thousands of dollars worth of receipts from a fake company which were used to justify purchases of products already paid for by international donors.

They also diverted money meant to pay for the transportation of life-saving items to Ebola hotspots.

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Both deny wrongdoing.

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More than 2,200 people have died from Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the outbreak began in 2018. No new cases have been recorded in more than a month.

BBC

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