A herd of goats has managed to escape justice after a government
official found them sitting in jail in Kinshasa, capital of the
Democratic Republic of Congo.
Deputy Justice Minister Claude
Nyamugabo said he was on a routine visit to the Kinshasa jail recently
when he was surprised to find a herd of goats in one of the cells.
Prison officials told him that the goats had been charged with "being
sold illegally by the roadside" and were due to appear in court to
answer for their crimes. Outraged, Nyamugabo ordered the goats
released immediately. (The goat-sellers themselves apparently are
still incarcerated.) He said that local police apparently had "serious
gaps in their knowledge" and would be sent for retraining, suggesting
that the Congo Police Academy has a course that covers whether or not
to put goats in jail.
The report did not say what the penalty is
for being sold illegally by the roadside, but I think we can speculate
that it involves some sort of barbecue.
Link: BBC News