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June 6, 2010

The national chief of police, General John Numbi, has been suspended following the murder of prominent human rights defender Floribert Chebeya.

In a statement read on state television, Interior minister Adotphe Lumanu said  that a meeting of the Supreme Defense Council headed by President Joseph Kabila decided on Saturday to relieve General John Numbi from his duties as Inspector General of the police as a “precautionary” measure.

Floribert Chebeya was found dead on Tuesday, a day after he was summoned to a meeting with John Numbi and was later reported missing by relatives and colleagues after they failed to reach him.

Lumanu said that President Kabila was “determined that all light be shed” on Floribert Chebeya’s killing. He also said that the initial investigation has already led to the arrest of some police officers.