Moise Katumi, a prominent opposition politician in the Democratic Republic of Congo, says he will return from exile to accompany the body of the late opposition leader, Etienne Tshisekedi, who died last month in Belgium.
The government and the opposition are arguing over arrangements for Mr Tshisekedi’s burial, and it is still not yet clear when it will take place.
Mr Katumbi, a wealthy businessman who owns one of Africa’s biggest football clubs, TP Mazembe, risks imprisonment on his return home.
A one-time presidential hopeful, he received a three-year sentence last June in a case which human rights activists say was politically motivated.
By Michele A Nsumbu