SATURDAY
March 10, 2001
volume 12, no. 69

Ursuline Nun Investigated in Murder of Congo President



    KINSHASA, Democratic Congo, Mar. 9, 01 (CWNews.com/Fides) - Congo-born Ursuline nun, Sr. Antoinette Fari, for years a prison-pastoral worker among inmates of prisons in Lubumbashi and Likasi, has been taken to Kinshasa for questioning by the Military High Court concerning the assassination of President Laurent Desire Kabila in the capital on January 16.

    The Lubumbashi-based Human Rights Federation, which voiced concern for the safety of the Catholic religious, reported the detainment. Sr. Fari, now under house arrest at a religious community center in Kinshasa, was arrested and detained in December 1999, charged with helping political prisoners and acting as a mediator between Congolese Captain Masasu, in prison at Buluwo, and a Lebanese agent, whose name is not known, a resident in Kinshasa. The nun was eventually released after interventions by Cardinal Etsou Nzabi-Bamungwabi of Kinshasa and several human rights organizations.

    Later she moved to a convent in Likasi in southeast Congo and a few months later was elected provincial superior of her order. Kinshasa affirmed that Sr. Fari has been called for questioning by the commission investigating the assassination of the president, regarding her work in assisting prisoners and that it is not a judiciary matter. First reports said that Sr. Fari was accused of "treason," punishable with the death penalty in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


March 10, 2001
volume 12, no. 69
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