"We will not be free from unfair competition till one of these fellows is hanged for an example"

In 1895, an Irish ivory trader and lay-missionary named Charles Henry Stokes was accused of selling arms to Arabs and hanged on the spot by a Force Publique officer. It is likely that Stokes' execution was ordered on account of the competition his ivory trading posed to the monopoly Leopold was trying to establish in the eastern Congo.


Further reading:

Robert Asketill, The Hanging of Charles Henry Stokes