Congo Opens Probe of Former Minister’s Role in Militia Violence

The Democratic Republic of Congo has opened an investigation into a former government minister over allegations of his involvement in militia violence that has left hundreds dead, including two United Nations workers.

The inquiry follows a report by the New York Times on May 20 that murdered U.N. researcher Zaida Catalan had a recording on her computer of Clement Kanku, the former Minister for Development, discussing an attack on a village in Kasai-Central province with a presumed militia leader, Attorney-General Flory Numbi said. Catalan and colleague Michael Sharp were executed while investigating the violence in the center of the country in March.

“The nature and the circumstances of this conversation cannot leave an official of the state unmoved,” Numbi told reporters in the capital, Kinshasa. “This is why I have opened an inquiry.”

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