Concerns rise over prisoner’s safety in Congo

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Former Norwegian elite soldier Joshua French, convicted of murder in Congo, has been transferred to a cell in Kinshasa that he must share with nine other prisoners after his fellow Norwegian prisoner committed suicide last month. French’s lawyer says he’s worried about French, as officials continue efforts to arrange his extradition or pardon.

The body of French’s former business partner and soldier Tjostolv Moland was sent home to Norway and arrived in his hometown of Vegårshei in Aust-Agder County this week. French has been cleared of suspicions he was involved in Moland’s death, but now continues to languish in the Congo jail.

“There’s no supervision in the jail,” his lawyer Hans Marius Graasvold told news bureau NTB. “There’s no use yelling for help if anything happens, that could even make it worse if it upsets other prisoners.”

French’s mother is still in Congo to support her son. Norway’s foreign ministry continues diplomatic efforts to arrange French’s transfer to a Norwegian prison, but has not succeeded after four years of trying.

newsinenglish.no staff