Congo police detain former health minister in Ebola probe

A former Congolese health minister was taken into custody on Saturday over alleged mismanagement of funds for the nation’s response to the Ebola epidemic, police stated.

Oly Ilunga oversaw Democratic Republic of Congo’s dealing with of the outbreak, the second deadliest in historical past, for almost a 12 months. He was stripped by the presidency of that duty in July and resigned from the federal government days later.

Earlier in September, his attorneys stated he had been questioned by police about his position managing the Ebola response. They denied any wrongdoing by Ilunga.

In an announcement, the nationwide police stated Ilunga was detained as a result of they believed he deliberate to evade authorized proceedings by leaving the nation.

“Unfortunately, police obtained details about his disappearance with a view to reaching Congo-Brazzaville,” the police’s press service stated, referring to neighboring Congo Republic.

It stated Ilunga was in police custody and would come earlier than a prosecutor on Sept. 16.

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