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DR Congo army officer arrested over murder of UN experts

AFP  |  Kananga 

A DR army suspected of involvement in the 2017 murder of two UN experts has been arrested by a military tribunal trying the case, the said Friday.

"was arrested Thursday on suspicion of having prepared the mission that led to the murder of two UN experts and their Congolese assistants," said Jean Maurice Lianja, the in Kananga.

The killings took place in March 2017 in the restive central Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of

The victims were Zaida Catalan, a Swedish woman of Chilean origin, and American Michael Sharp, who were killed by "terrorist" militiamen, according to Congolese authorities.

They were investigating violence in Kasai for the

The suspect Mambweni was allegedly heard on a recorded message speaking with a woman believed to have been Catalan who wanted him to set up contact with family members of Kamuina Nsapu, a killed by security forces during a operation to put down a rebellion against the

Defence lawyers have asked for three officers to appear as witnesses at the next hearing, as well as Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, who is a candidate for DRC in the December 23 election and was at the time of the killings.

A recent investigation in the international media based on thousands of pages of confidential UN documents spoke about an alleged role by state agents in the murder of the two experts.

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 22:25 IST
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