Among those released was slain president’s former aide-de-camp Colonel Kapend, who has always denied any part in the plot to murder Kabila.

Colonel Eddy Kapend is seen at the Makala Central Prison in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo [AFP]

Twenty-two men convicted over the 2001 assassination of former Democratic Republic of the Congo President Laurent-Desire Kabila have been released from prison after receiving pardons from current leader Felix Tshisekedi.

Among those released on Friday from the Makala prison in the capital Kinshasa was the slain president’s former aide-de-camp Colonel Eddy Kapend, who has always denied any part in the plot to murder Kabila, who was the father of Joseph Kabila, Tshisekedi’s predecessor.

Kapend left the prison by a jeep under escort.

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