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BREAKING: Attempted murder case of Rumbek Catholic Bishop-elect court hearing adjourns



The court hearing of the attempted murder case of Bishop-elect of Rumbek Diocese adjourned to February

The High Court of South Sudan on Wednesday adjourned a hearing of the case of an attempt to murder Bishop-elect of the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek; Monsignor Christian Carlassare.

Vicar General of Rumbek Catholic Diocese, Fr Andrea Osman, told the Catholic Radio Network that the Presiding Judge, declared the adjournment to February 03, 2022.
without telling reasons.

Malith Jok Thiang Wunlit, the defense lawyer of the six suspects on the attempted murder, said the first session, was meant for bringing the accused from the security office to Juba Central Prison so that the court hearings can proceed normally.

Bishop-elect Monsignor Christian Carlassare was appointed on March 2021 and his Episcopal Ordination was scheduled for Pentecost Sunday, 23 May 2021, but it was postponed as the investigation into his attack goes forward.

Monsignor Carlassare was shot in both legs on April 26, 2021, in Rumbek Catholic Diocese and was flown to Nairobi, Kenya for treatment later he was taken to Italy for further medical attention.
In a related story;

The second court hearing of the Catholic Sister Veronika Rackova who was shot and died in Yei was as well again adjourned to February 16th, 2022.

Report from the lawyer indicates that the mobility to bring the alleged perpetrators from Yei was not done on time which made it unsuccessful for the suspects to appear before the court.

Early this month, Former Governor of Central Equatoria David Lokonga Moses and SSPDF army official, Brigadier General Malong Agat appeared before the high court to explain the whereabouts of the culprits who committed the crime.

Brigadier General Agat during the first hearing said the five suspects were arrested, three of whom are SSPDF soldiers and two others are national security and counter intelligent officers.

He added that one among the five alleged criminals died and four others were in the run.

The first court hearing for late Sister Veronika Rackova who was shot by SPLA now SSPDF in Yei in 2016 started on 10th January at the High Court of South Sudan in Juba and is being presided over by Judge Sumeiya Salah.

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