Congolese Soukus singer, dancer, producer, and composer Antoine Christophe Agbepa Mumba a.k.a. Koffi Olomide has been sentenced to two years imprisonment by a court in France for raping a 15-year-old girl.
The sentence was issued in his absence. This sentence means that 62-year-old Olomide will face an arrest if he commits further offences.
BBC reports reported that the graduate of Business Economic and pioneer of the soukous genre of music ordered by the court to pay a fine of 5,000 Euros ($5,700; £4,300) in damages to the former dancer.
He was also ordered to pay the same amount to the court for illegally bringing three women into France.
Olomide’s lawyer, Emmanuel Marsigny hailed the ruling as a victory that it would result in the withdrawal of the star’s international arrest warrant.
Earlier, the Kisangani born artist was accused of raping a young lady between 2002 and 2006 after it was alleged that he seized her passport.
He went on trial after four former dancers claimed he sexually assaulted them several times between 2002 and 2006.
The assaults allegedly happened in the DRC as well as in France, including at a villa outside Paris where the women said they were held against their will.
The dancers said they managed to make a night-time escape from the villa in June 2006, and have not returned to their country since for fear of reprisals.
Prosecutors at his trial in Nanterre, outside Paris, had sought a seven-year prison sentence but the court dismissed the assault and kidnapping charges.
Reports have it that the Master Degree holder in Mathematics was first charged in 2012 with aggravated rape but the charges were subsequently reduced. But rather than face the French arrest warrant, he fled to DR Congo in 2009.
He at a point said he would appear at the trial to defend himself nevertheless, failed to show for the trial last month which was held behind closed doors at the women’s request.