Rumbek, 25 April, 2022 / 9:55 pm (ACI Africa).
A Catholic Priest is among four suspects sentenced over the shooting of the then Bishop-elect for the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek in South Sudan, now Bishop Christian Carlassare.
In the Monday, April 25 ruling that had been expected on mid-April, the judge at the High Court in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, said Fr. John Mathiang Machol, Moris Sebit Ater, Laat Makur Agok, and Samuel Makir were found guilty of “participating directly or indirectly” in the attempted assassination of Bishop Carlassare.
In a Catholic Radio Network (CRN) report about the case that was first mentioned on January 26, Justice Alexander Sebur Subek handed a seven-year jail term for three suspects in the case of the shooting of the Italian-born member of the Comboni Missionaries in the early hours of 26 April 2021.
“Fr. John Mathiang of Rumbek Diocese, Sebit Morris Ater and Laat Makur Agok are sentenced to seven years imprisonment without bail under Penal Code 334, 4,335, 2008,” Justice Sebur Subek has been quoted as saying during the April 25 session at the South Sudanese High Court in Juba.
The phone calls of Fr. Mathiang “before the crime were retrieved during a police investigation”, a report by Eye Radio on April 25 indicates.