CONGO: Suspects in UN murder case escape from jail

A lawyer for two men arrested over the killing of two UN investigators in the Democratic Republic of Congo says his clients have escaped from prison.

Trésor Kabangu named them as Evariste Ilunga Lumu and Tshiaba Kanowa, saying they broke out of prison in the city of Kabanga overnight.

They are accused of murdering the investigators, an American and a Swede, as they probed alleged atrocities committed during fighting between the army and a local militia in the central Kasai region two years ago.

A UN peacekeeping official, Florence Marchal, said the escape revealed flaws in the Congolese justice system that needed fixing.

Fourteen people are on trial for the deaths of the investigators.

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