Last updated: 10 february, 2011 - 11:44 GMT

DR Congo mobile court to hear Fizi rapes case

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The trial begins today of 11 Congolese soldiers, including Lt. Colonel Kibibi Mutwara, charged with involvement in the mass rape of over 40 women in the town of Fizi in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo on New Year's Day.

The trial is to be conducted in a special setting known as a 'mobile gender court' set up in the nearby town of Baraka.

These special courts are part of the DR Congo's judicial system.

They travel to remote communities to facilitate access to justice.

Charles Guy Makongo is the DR Congo country director, American Bar Association (ABA) Rule of Law Initiative helping to run these courts he told BBC Network Africa's Paul Bakibinga about the significance of the trial.

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