Feu D’or Bosange Ifonge, director of the Kinshasa-based "Tapis
Rouge" newspaper, was granted a provisional release on 24 December 2004,
after posting bail of US$340. Bosange was arrested on 18 December by
judicial police inspectors from the Kinshasa-Gombe Public Prosecutor’s
Director of "Tapis Rouge" newspaper jailed in Kinshasa
On 18 December 2004, Feu D’or Bonsange Ifonge, director-general
of the Kinshasa-based newspaper "Tapis Rouge", was arrested by police
inspectors from the Kinshasa/Gombe Public Prosecutor’s Office. Bonsange was
first held at the Public Prosecutor’s Office’s detention centre before being
transferred, the following day, to Kinshasa’s Penitentiary and Reeducation
Centre (Centre pénitentiaire et de rééducation de Kinshasa, CPRK, formerly
Makala Central Prison).
Since his arrest, the journalist has been interrogated on two separate
occasions about an article published in the 16 December edition (issue 244)
of "Tapis Rouge", entitled, "Running Battle at the DGI [Direction générale
des impôts, Taxation Department], Director-General Kabala and Director
Bulambo Are Headed for the Makala Prison".
The article said public funds were being mismanaged and misappropriated at the DGI. The article was signed by Thony Héritier, which authorities believe is a pseudonym.
On 22 December, a JED representative met with Bonsange at the CPRK. He said
he had appeared in court on 20 December and was asked once again to reveal
the full identity of the article’s author. Bonsange claims that Thony
Héritier is the journalist’s real name.
Following the hearing, Bonsange filed a formal request for a provisonal
release. The request is currently being considered by judicial authorities.