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Vol 37 No 4

Published 16th February 1996


Congo-Kinshasa

A barbouze returns 

A figure from the past has popped up again in central Africa. Christian Tavernier, a Belgian ex-colonel, commanded the 14th Commando Battalion of the Congolese National Army when it 'liberated' north-eastern Zaïre, 32 years ago (when his more famous mercenary colleagues were Bob Denard of France and Mike Hoare of Britain). Now he has been spotted in Sudan (January) and Zaïre (December).

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