Ten prisoners were found guilty of raping dozens of female inmates during a violent riot at an overcrowded prison in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Thirty-seven women and a teenage girl testified that they were repeatedly raped during a three-day riot at a prison in 2020.
Some of the women became pregnant and contracted sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.
The ten men were fined and ordered to serve 15 additional years in prison.
Although many were too frightened to give evidence, dozens of women testified before a military prosecutor that they were raped during the riot.
The prison was taken over by a group of male inmates for several days in September 2020, they set the women’s section of the prison on fire and the women were forced to sleep in a prison yard where they were raped.
About 20 inmates and a prison guard were reportedly killed during the riots before security forces regained control.
Sources: BBC, Yahoo
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