In Congo, 51 people accused of killing UN staff have been sentenced to death

Posted on January 31, 2022

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In Congo, 51 people accused of killing UN staff have been sentenced to death

Zayda Catalan and Michael Sharp

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A military tribunal in the Democratic Republic of Congo has sentenced 51 people to death on charges of killing two United Nations staffers in March 2017. This was reported by The Guardian .

A total of 54 people were convicted in the case. One of them was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and two others were acquitted. Some of the defendants were convicted in absentia for failing to arrest them or for escaping arrest.

Congo has had a moratorium on the death penalty since 2003, so those convicted will serve life sentences.

In 2017, UN experts – Swedish citizen Zayda Katalan and U.S. citizen Michael Sharp – went missing while investigating a conflict between government troops and the People’s Army in the central Kasai region.

Two weeks later, their bodies were found. It turned out that the gunmen blocked the way of the employees of the organization and took them out to the field and executed them.

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