Congo sentences 2 Norwegians to death for spying

Men found guilty of espionage and murder in "military show trial"

Published June 10, 2010 1:15PM (EDT)

A human rights group says a Congolese court has sentenced two Norwegians, one of whom also has British citizenship, to death for spying in Congo.

The British government says it deplores the sentence handed down on dual British-Norwegian national Joshua French.

Human rights group Reprieve has been giving French legal help and says he and Norwegian colleague Tjostolv Moland were sentenced Thursday following what it described as a "military show trial" in the city of Kisangani.

The men were found guilty of murder and espionage. Reprieve says the men have always claimed innocence and that there was no physical evidence against them.

By Associated Press

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