• Today
    January 22

  • 05:55 PM

Congo Republic releases US citizen detained for nearly two years

REUTERS,

Added 29 December 2017

world-news-logo

BRAZZAVILLE – Congo Republic on Friday released Marcel Pika, a naturalised US citizen detained for nearly two years, according to the US embassy in the capital, Brazzaville.

“We are happy about the liberation of Mr Pika. We thank the Congolese government for this action. We hope Mr Pika will be able to join his family in the United States,” embassy spokeswoman Jacqueline Mourot told Reuters.

Pika, a retired colonel in Congo’s armed forces, immigrated to the United States in 1999 and became a citizen in 2005. He returned to live in Congo in 2007 and was arrested in March of last year.

His family suspected his detention was caused by his support for opponents of President Denis Sassou Nguesso, who has ruled the country for 33 of the last 38 years, during the March 2016 presidential election.

Congo’s government did not speak publicly about the case and a government spokesman declined to comment on Friday. (Reuters)

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Dos and Donts


Welcome to our discussion forum here on nationnews.com. We encourage lively debate, but we also urge you to take note of the following:

  • Stay on topic – This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
  • Be respectful – Meeting differences of opinion with civil discussion encourages multiple perspectives and a positive commenting environment.
  • Do not type in capitals – In addition to being considered “shouting” it is also difficult to read.
  • All comments will be moderated – Given the volume of comments each day, this may take some time. So please be patient.
  • We reserve the right to remove comments – Comments that we find to be abusive, spam, libellous, hateful, off-topic or harassing may be removed.
  • Reproduction of comments – Some of your comments may be reproduced on the website or in our daily newspapers. We will use the handle, not your email address.
  • Do not advertise – Please contact our Advertising Department.
  • Contact our Online Editor if you have questions or concerns.
  • Read our full Commenting Policy and Terms of Use.
comments powered by Disqus

VIDEO

BLOGS

KRYSTLE CLEAR img
THE LONG VIEW img
INSIDE EDITORIAL img
What's Trending img
MONEY MATTERS img
Toni-Ann Johnson img

FRONT COVER OF TODAY'S NEWSPAPER

CARTOON

POLL

Are you satisfied with the service from Barbados' utility companies?

Yes
No

INSTAGRAM