Thirty people from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been sentenced to death after a one-day trial for their role in anti-police violence marking the end of Ramadan in the capital.
A policeman was killed in Kinshasa on Thursday as rival Muslim groups battled it out in a large sports stadium on the eve of Ramadan.
Lawyer Chief Tuspaba said 30 people had been sentenced to death in a trial that began on Friday, a day after the violence. The executive confirmed a recording verdict.
The DRC has not carried out the death penalty since the moratorium was enacted in 2003. Since then, the death penalty has been commuted to life imprisonment.
The regional government said several people, including a police officer, were injured in the fighting outside the Shaheed Stadium and a police vehicle was set on fire.
Sivalano Kasongo, the officer-in-charge of Kinshar police station, said about 40 people were injured and 35 were arrested.
The two rival factions have been at loggerheads for years over the leadership of the DRC’s Comico Muslim Federation. Disagreements remain on both sides and occasional injuries.
About 10 percent of the DRC’s population is Muslim, mostly in the eastern part of the country.
But Kinshasao, on the Congo River in the west of the vast Central African country, is also witnessing traditional festivities in public squares and main streets for the end of the sunny Ramadan month.