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Alain Abdallah Lemba
Alain Abdallah Lemba in court
Lemba at the military court in Matadi.
Background information
Occupation Soldier
Born ca. 1984
Penalty Sentenced to death
Attack information
Date May 4, 2013
10 p.m.
Location(s) Mongo, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Killed 6-7
Injured 6-7
Weapon(s) Gun

Alain Abdallah Lemba was a Congolese FARDC sergeant who killed at least six people and wounded up to seven others in Mongo, a village near Songololo, Democratic Republic of the Congo on May 4, 2013.

That night Lemba attended a funeral in the village and became drunk. At about 10 p.m. he was ordered by major Simini Musema of the armed forces to pay the bill for his beverages, but he refused and began shooting the other attendees at close range, killing six people on the spot, including Musema, and wounding six or seven others, one who reportely died a few hours later. After the shooting the 28-year-old fled and the military started a search operation that eventually resulted in his arrest.[1][2][3][4]

Lemba's trial at the military court of the garrison in Matadi commenced on May 13, where he was charged with the killing of six people – one of those intially reported dead was apparently in coma – assault and battery. He admitted to firing twenty shots after being beaten by the other villagers, but he denied any intention to kill, stating that he was drunk and thought he would fire into the air. He also asked the families of the victims for forgiveness. A request by the defense to evaluate his mental health was dismissed.[5][6]

On May 15 Lemba was found guilty of the aforementioned charges and sentenced to death. Additionally he was degraded and expelled from the armed forces, and fined to pay US$ 1.5 million to the victims' families and the population. Furthermore the Congolese state was found liable for the shooting and sentenced to pay a similar fine. Lemba appealed to the verdict.[7][8]

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