Brazzaville - A court in the Republic of Congo convicted and
sentenced six people for contributing to an arms depot fire, which set off a
deadly string of explosions in 2012, killing close to 300 people, according to
the president of the tribunal.
A total of 26 others were acquitted for involvement in the
blasts, which began after a military warehouse caught fire under suspicious
circumstances on 4 March 2012, said Mathurin Bayi, president of the criminal
court after the verdict was read late Monday.
The war-grade weapons
that were inside exploded in quick succession, pulverizing hundreds of houses
nearby. Aerial photographs showed that the explosions leveled a one square-mile
The heaviest sentence went to an army corporal, who received
15 years of forced labor for arson. A colonel was sentenced to five years for
embezzling funds which were supposed to be used to build proper containers for