The fourteen men were “sentenced to death yesterday (Thursday) for the murder” of Max Nsenga Ntumba and Percé Muamba Ntumba, two rappers from Kinshasa who were in the province of Kongo-central, told AFP Me Trésor Lobo , one of the civil party lawyers.
In the DRC, the death penalty can be pronounced but has not been applied and commuted to life imprisonment since 2003.
A total of 25 people were prosecuted in this case, nine were acquitted for lack of sufficient evidence and the judges disjoined the proceedings for two others, he explained.
The twin brothers, 28, were beaten to death and burned to death after being accused of attempting to steal a motorbike from a driver who was transporting them on the night of July 30-31.
The act had caused turmoil in Kinshasa and Kongo-central, a region where the two rapper brothers were known.
First buried in a mass grave, the twins were then exhumed and buried in a cemetery in Kinshasa.