Catalán, her former colleague, Michael Sharp and their local helpers Betu Shintela was murdered in march 2017. Authorities have previously put the blame on the local milisgruppen Kamuina Nsapu, who has been involved in an armed conflict against government forces in the troubled Kasairegionen – a conflict that Catalán had commissioned to investigate.
agents from the congolese security services may have been involved in the attack. It has now led to a local teacher and former militia chiefs in week charged with incitement to murder, and murder with mutilation.
the Man, who was a key witness in the first trial in June 2017, has given the information in a UN investigation, and pointed out several persons who now are the main suspects for the murders. The decision to prosecute him comes after it emerged that he repeatedly talked on the telephone with several of the main suspects, the head of the united nations-backed radio station Okapi.
some 20 people have been indicted, suspected to be involved in the murder of UN employees, and several of the defendants claim that the man had an active role in the killings.