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Italian judge rules U.N. staffers cannot be tried over Congo deaths

Italian judge rules U.N. staffers cannot be tried over Congo deaths

AN Italian judge has ruled that two employees of a U.N. agency cannot be tried over the deaths of the Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, his bodyguard and a driver in 2021 because they have diplomatic immunity. Luca Attanasio, bodyguard Vittorio Iacovacci and their driver Mustapha Milambo were killed during a botched kidnapping on a road in eastern Congo as they were heading toward a World Food Programme (WFP) project. Rome prosecutors had requested a trial for Rocco Leone and Mansour Luguru Rwagaza, who at the time of the attack were respectively the deputy chief of the…
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DRC: Italian envoy’s killers jailed for life

DRC: Italian envoy’s killers jailed for life

SONIA ROLLEY A Democratic Republic of Congo military court sentenced six men to life in prison over the death of the Italian ambassador, his bodyguard and driver, according to a lawyer. Envoy Luca Attanasio, Italian bodyguard Vittorio Iacovacci and their Congolese driver Mustapha Milambo were killed on February 22, 2021, during a botched kidnapping as they drove to a World Food Programme project from the eastern city of Goma. A lawyer representing Italy, Boniface Balamage, told Reuters that five of the people sentenced to life were already in prison while one was at large and tried in absentia. "On the…
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DRC armed group deny killing Italian envoy

DRC armed group deny killing Italian envoy

FISTON MAHAMBA and STANIS BUJAKERA  AN armed group in eastern Congo, accused by the government of carrying out an ambush on a United Nations convoy in which Italy's ambassador and two other people were killed, has denied any involvement in the attack. Congo's interior ministry on Monday blamed a Hutu militia called the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), which is active near where ambassador Luca Attanasio, 43 and his bodyguard Vittorio Iacovacci, 30, were shot. World Food Programme driver Mustapha Milambo was also killed, local officials said. The FDLR was founded by senior Rwandan officers and militiamen…
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U.N. staffer probed over death of ambassador

U.N. staffer probed over death of ambassador

A United Nations employee has been placed under investigation by Italian prosecutors looking into the murder of Italy's ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and two other people, a judicial source has disclosed. The unidentified employee is a Congolese citizen and works for the U.N.'s World Food Programme (WFP). He is under investigation for allegedly failing to take sufficient precautions to prevent the fatal attack on Feb. 22. Ambassador Luca Attanasio, his bodyguard Vittorio Iacovacci and their WFP driver Mustapha Milambo were all killed during a botched kidnapping on a road in eastern Congo, as they were heading…
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