US Seeks Answers Over Americans Held in Congo After Coup Attempt

The US Embassy in Congo is urging local authorities to provide details or access to Americans arrested following a failed coup. Names and circumstances involving three Americans have surfaced, but the fate of the detained remains uncertain, with families desperate for information and consular access still pending.


PTI | Dakar | Updated: 03-06-2024 19:02 IST | Created: 03-06-2024 19:02 IST
US Seeks Answers Over Americans Held in Congo After Coup Attempt
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The US Embassy in Congo has called on Congolese authorities to provide details or access to Americans detained following a recent coup attempt. Despite pleas for information from families, the identities and conditions of those arrested remain unclear.

On May 19, Congolese authorities released the names of three Americans accused of being involved in the coup led by opposition figure Christian Malanga. The US State Department stated that ensuring consular assistance for detained Americans, including regular visits and access to medical care and legal representation, is a priority. US embassy spokesperson Greg Porter confirmed that requests for consular access have been made but remain unfulfilled.

Further details from Congolese authorities have not been forthcoming, leaving the families concerned. Among those detained are Marcel Malanga and Tyler Thompson Jr., whose families remain in the dark about their well-being. The case raises significant concerns regarding the treatment of foreign nationals and the responsibilities of host nations toward detained individuals.

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