Junior Masudi Wasso, a 20-year-old Congolese student enrolled at UC Louvain for economics courses, who was under threat of expulsion from Belgian territory, will not finally be deported. Detained since 18 September at the Caricole Transit Centre, he will begin classes. His lawyer announced that the Foreign Office had decided not to expel him.
The case took on a diplomatic dimension between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Belgium. Belgian and Congolese citizens expressed their support for Junior Masudi. In the country, the Head of State Félix Tshisekedi has officially given him his support.
Indeed, the situation of this student was among the subjects discussed at the last meeting of the Council of Ministers. Félix Tshisekedi strongly condemned what he called a « deplorable act » and instructed the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, to approach the Ambassador of Belgium in the DRC to expose to him the total disapproval of this act and demand the immediate release of the student.
In a statement published on Monday, the Belgian Office for Foreigners announced that new elements have been added to the file of the young Congolese student. He suggested that “the student did not meet the entry requirements” and that “the border authorities established that at the time of entry into Belgium, his registration fees had not been paid and that the purpose of the student’s trip was not sufficiently proven.”
In Kinshasa and Brussels, demonstrations were planned to demand his release.