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Only two rape convictions in a mass trial of 39 soldiers on charges of rape and murder in DRC

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Congolese soldier stripped of his rank and uniform after the mass trial of 39 soldiers,  Goma, DRC, 5 may 2014.
Congolese soldier stripped of his rank and uniform after the mass trial of 39 soldiers, Goma, DRC, 5 may 2014. Reuters/Kenny Katombe

A court in the Democratic Republic of Congo has acquitted dozens of soldiers who were facing rape charges after it was alleged that that they had sexually assaulted women in Minova, in the east of the country. But the court sentenced the accused to long jail sentences for looting and wasting ammunition. Holly Dranginis, a researcher with the Enough Project, an anti-genocide group based in Washington DC, comments.

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