Rumbek, 09 February, 2022 / 9:40 pm (ACI Africa).
Three suspects in the shooting of the Bishop-elect for the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek in South Sudan closely related with one of their co-accused, a Catholic Priest, a witness has told the court in Juba.
The witness who expressed his familiarity with three suspects during the Wednesday, February 9 court session said that while one frequented the Fathers’ residence at Holy Family Cathedral Parish of Rumbek Diocese, the other two visited Fr. John Mathiang, one of the six suspects, “as friends and relatives do.”
“I know three of these six accused suspects; one used to drive Fr. Mathiang’s car in and out of the compound, and the other two (came) for visit(s) as friends and relatives do,” the witness, identified as Luka Dor Agor, said about suspects in the shooting of Mons. Christian Carlassare in April last year.
In a Catholic Radio Network (CRN) report about the ongoing case that was first mentioned on January 26 at the High Court in Juba, Dor is described as “head of Seminarians” who was in the same compound as Mons. Carlassare on the night the latter was shot.
Fr. Mathiang was in his room at the Fathers’ residence on the night the Bishop-elect was shot, Dor is said to have told the court on February 9, adding that he (Fr. Mathiang) did not leave his room when Mons. Carlassare was shouting for help.