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MISNA - August 4, 2005 2:11 PM

Three suspects were arrested into the murder of Pascal Kabungulu Kibembi, executive secretary of the Héritiers de la Justice' human rights association, killed in his home early on Sunday July 31 in Bukavu, provincial capital of South Kivu, in the east Democratic Republic of Congo. The news was referred yesterday by the Governor of the South Kivu province on Radio Okapi, broadcast of the MONUC (United Nations Mission in DR-Congo), adding that the motives of the assassination remain unclear. MISNA sources contacted in Bukavu confirm that the three arrested are an officer and two soldiers, believed to be the minds of the murder of Kibembi, 55, since 1995 head of the Héritiers de la Justice' - founded in 1991 as a service of the Protestant Churches for human rights and peace - and in the past months member of the Human Rights League in the Great Lakes. Evidence emerging from first investigations indicate an internal' path, i.e. that those responsible for the crime are people that were close to the victim. Congolese President Joseph Kabila called for a rapid and thorough inquiry into the murder.


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