Former Congolese Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo is to stand trial with two other men on Monday, accused of embezzling $205m (£152m) from a farming project. He says he is innocent.
The BBC’s Emery Makumeno says the Democratic Republic of Congo is among the world’s most food-insecure countries – some two million people are without access to reliable and nutritious food sources.
This case centres around a project in the town of Bukangalonzo, where a huge agro-industrial park was supposed to boost business and farming.
The two other men in the case are Africom Commodities Manager Christo Grobler, whose company was contracted to deliver the project, and the ex-deputy finance minister Patrice Kitebi who’s accused of waiving taxes for the contractor.