Our ambassador in Kinshasa has spoken to the Interior Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo and advisers to President Kabila on several occasions regarding the detention of Marie Therese Nlandu. We and European partners raised our concerns that Mme Nlandu's human rights, particularly her access to legal representation, were not being respected.
Subsequently Mme Nlandu was granted access to a lawyer and has now been charged with several offences and is due to stand trial. We have pressed that her case be dealt with fairly and quickly. We will continue to monitor her situation and treatment.