A senior prosecutor today said authorities have arrested two people suspected of involvement in the murder of two UN investigators in central Democratic Republic of Congo. The senior prosecutor, however said, one of the prisoners had since escaped.
The announcement was the first reported sign of progress in investigations into the deaths of American Michael Sharp and Swede Zaida Catalan. Both were members of a group of experts monitoring U.N. Security Council sanctions against individuals and armed groups in Congo.
Their bodies were discovered in a shallow grave last month, two weeks after they disappeared in Kasai-Central province. Their Congolese interpreter and three Congolese motorbike drivers who accompanied them have not yet been found, according to the United Nations.
General Joseph Ponde, the army’s top prosecutor, did not say when the suspects were detained, but said the remaining one had been transferred between facilities on the fourth of April, meaning the operation must have happened more than a week ago.