Three Lebanese businessmen released after four months in detention
The DRC's intelligence services, the Agence nationale de renseignements (ANR), recently released the three businessmen they had secretly been detaining for almost four months.
Belgian businessman Alain Goetz quit the management of his Ugandan gold refinery a few months ago after being found guilty of money laundering in Belgium. He is also facing accusations of tax evasion in Rwanda, where he is a shareholder in another refinery.
Rwanda and Uganda are engaged in a tug of war over who will host the main transit route for gold mined in the DRC before it is shipped out of Africa. Both countries want the lucrative business for themselves and are hoping to force Kinshasa to choose between them, with Kigali in the lead.
Uganda's African Gold Refinery has slammed the European Union's new mining traceability rules, which it says are designed to prevent Africa from processing ore locally. This attack appears to be a way of responding to accusations of being involved in the smuggling of gold from the Great Lakes region.