The man arrested is suspected to be one of the two gunmen who shot Msgr. Carlassare, the Italian-born Comboni Missionary Cleric who was appointed Bishop for Rumbek Diocese on March 8 after nearly a decade without a Bishop.
“The government is not looking for anyone else in connection with the case. Investigations will continue this week and hopefully the case will be heard soon,” a source in Rumbek told ACI Africa, adding, “Six people are now detained in Rumbek prison, including Fr. (John) Mathiang.”
In April, three South Sudanese Catholic Clerics were among those detained following the shooting.
In an interview with ACI Africa, South Sudan’s Lakes State Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Head of Investigative and Security Committee, Hon. Mathiang Deng Monydit, said the three Priests were charged for “instigating” the two gunmen who shot Msgr. Carlassare.
Two members of the Clergy of Rumbek Diocese, Fr. Luka Dor and Deacon Stephen Mangar, were “conditionally” set free on May 14.
“Some have been conditionally released for lack of concrete evidence against them,” a source in South Sudan’s Lakes State covered by Rumbek Diocese told ACI Africa, adding that their release from detention “doesn't mean that they are completely set free. They have been ordered to stay within the boundaries of Lakes State.”
“The rest who have been found to have strong evidence have been transferred to prison awaiting the beginning of case trial,” the source further said, further confirming that Fr. Mathiang who was at the helm of the Diocese since December 2013 had been “moved to prison with a few others.”
Msgr. Carlassare was shot in both legs during the early hours of April 26 when two armed men shot multiple bullets on his door, gaining access to his room in a block that houses Fathers serving at Holy Family Cathedral of the South Sudanese Diocese.
He received initial treatment at the health facility under the auspices of Doctors with Africa CUAMM in Rumbek and later airlifted to Kenya. He was admitted at The Nairobi Hospital.
Msgr. Carlassare who is currently recuperating at a Comboni community in Nairobi after having been discharged May 17 has called for reconciliation and justice inspired by the “heart of God.”