The death Monday in France of the Congolese opponent Guy-Brice Parfait Kolélas, the day after the presidential election in Congo-Brazzaville, is “compatible” with contamination by the coronavirus which was detected in his body, announced Wednesday French justice.
“At this stage”, the investigations carried out by the forensic institute of Paris revealed that the lungs of the 61-year-old politician “were very damaged”, said in a statement the public prosecutor’s office of Bobigny (North-East de Paris) who is leading the investigation into this death.
“The autopsy carried out on March 23, 2021 concluded in cardio-respiratory failure due to severe bilateral diffuse pneumonia compatible with the Congolese medical finding of Covid 19, contamination with the SARS-CoV-2 virus being confirmed by molecular virology” , he continued.
Main rival of President Denis Sassou Nguesso – who was reelected with 88.57% of the vote according to the provisional results – Guy-Brice Parfait Kolélas had tested positive Friday afternoon for Covid-19 and could not hold his last meeting the country. His health had deteriorated since March 14, according to the Bobigny prosecutor’s office.
Hospitalized since Friday in a clinic in Brazzaville, the opponent was evacuated on Sunday by medical plane to France for treatment. But his condition deteriorated during the trip and he was pronounced dead on Monday at 1:40 am (00:40 GMT), a few minutes after his plane landed at Le Bourget airport, in the Paris suburbs.
A few hours before the ballot in his country, the one who was Minister of Mr. Sassou Nguesso, had published a video in which he claimed to “fight against death” but called on the population to “vote for change”.
The Bobigny public prosecutor’s office, on whose territory Le Bourget airport is located, entrusted the investigation to search for the causes of death to the criminal brigade of the police.