A Belgian court ruled this Thursday in favor of the return by the European country of the teeth from the body of Patrice Lumumba, one of the heroes of the independence of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), to his relatives.
The verdict came after Lumumba’s daughter asked the Belgian state to hand over her father’s remains and prosecutors ruled in favor of her return, according to The Brussels Times newspaper. .
The allegations against Belgium for its role in Lumumba’s death led Brussels to officially apologize for its role in the incident. The politician’s body, an icon of the struggle against colonialism, was dismembered and dissolved in acid, even though an officer had previously pulled out several teeth.
Lumumba was named Prime Minister after the victory of the Congolese National Movement (MNC) in the first elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as an independent country in May 1960 after independence from Belgium.