- LIAT CEO: Taxes on flights too high Read More
- International experts give digital marketing advice Read More
- Bajan jockey wins Sovereign Award Read More
- Husbands hit with disqualification on opening day Read More
- Need change now more than ever Read More
- Keep buggery law Read More
- Verne Troyer, ‘Mini-Me’ in Austin Powers films, dies at 49 Read More
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)