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Belgium to return tooth of Patrice Lumumba to his family


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"A court in Belgium has cleared the way for the tooth of Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba to be returned to his native country.

"Prosecutors said on Thursday that Lumumba's only remains will be handed back to his relatives.

"The decision ends years of lobbying for what is seen as a deeply symbolic gesture to the Congolese people."

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Belgium returns Patrice Lumumba’s tooth to his family 61 years after his murder

The restitution of the relic took place after Belgium’s King Philippe expressed his “deepest regrets” this month for his country’s abuses in its African former colony, Congo, 75 times the size of Belgium.

After a private ceremony in the presence of Lumumba’s relatives, during which the federal prosecutor handed over a case containing the gold-capped tooth, Belgium’s prime minister and Congolese officials were also due to speak to the family.


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