DR Congo arrests key suspects in UN knowledgeable killings

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Over the course of three years, Democratic Republic of Congo officers introduced that they’ve arrested Miles chief Tresor Mputu Kankonde, one of many prime suspects within the 2017 murders of two UN specialists.

“[Kankonde] is charged with a number of acts together with the assassination of UN specialists, “Colonel Jean-Blaise Bwamulundu Kuzola informed AFP’s information chief.” We now have tried to arrest him many occasions since 2017 however he has at all times escaped. “

American Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan from Sweden investigated human rights violations within the Kasai area, the place the military pursued insurgent teams.

The pair had been taking a look at mass graves dug throughout battles between Congolese safety forces and Kamuina Nsapu insurgent fighters within the space.

The federal government mentioned the militia had dug the graves – and was additionally liable for the assassination of UN specialists.

“Nice catch”

A Congolese safety supply mentioned Kankonde was making an attempt to regroup the Kamuina Nsapu militia to assault Kananga, a metropolis within the area.

“A former Kamuina Nsapu militia commander, Kamuina Nsapu, Tresor Mputu Kankonde, was arrested this night in Kananga. He was actively sought by the army for his alleged implication within the assassination of Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan,” RFI’s Sonia Rolley on the weekend.

Though the trial of the alleged killings of UN investigators started three years in the past, it had not made a lot progress in deciding who killed them.

However the involvement of Kankonde militia chief and a few intelligence officers had delayed his arrest till now, in line with sources who spoke with RFI Service Afrique correspondent Kamanda wa Kamanda Muzembe.

Kankonde’s arrest was a “huge catch”, in line with Tresor Kabangu, a lawyer for a few of the defendants within the trial.

Congolese army justice chief Jean-Blaise Bwamulundu mentioned Kankonde shall be introduced earlier than the courtroom shortly.

US Ambassador to the DRC Mike Hammer mentioned America would “proceed to assist Congolese and UN efforts to disclose the reality. No impunity!”

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