UN court to rule this month in Guinea-DRCongo case

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The UN's highest court said Thursday it would hand down judgment on November 30 in the case of the Democratic Republic of Congo's allegedly wrongful arrest of a Guinean businessman 14 years ago.

Guinea alleges Ahmadou Sadio Diallo was "unjustly imprisoned" in the DR Congo for two and a half months, stripped of his assets and expelled in 1996 in violation of his diplomatic immunity.

It says the businessman was targeted after he claimed debts owed to him by the DR Congo and by oil companies operating in that country, including Zaire Shell and Zaire Mobil.

Guinea started proceedings against the DR Congo in 1998, alleging serious violations of international law and seeking reparations.

The DR Congo denies the claim and has asked the International Court of Justice in The Hague, which hears disputes between states, to dismiss the case.

© 2010 AFP

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