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Swedish police to investigate UN expert’s death

Published onsdag 29 mars 2017 kl 16.01
Photo of Zaida Catalán in front of a Green Party banner
Catalán led the Young Greens of Sweden between 2001 and 2005. Credit: Bertil Ericson / TT

Following the death of Zaida Catalán, a Swedish UN worker, the police announced that they will conduct an investigation into her murder.

The investigation will be handled by Sweden’s National Operations Department and headed up by the investigator from the Swedish Prosecution Authority office in Stockholm.

Zaida Catalán, Michael Sharp who was an American UN expert, and their interpreter, Betu Tshintela were kidnapped two weeks ago while investigating reports of human rights abuses in the Kasai region of the Congo. All three of their bodies were discovered and confirmed on Wednesday.

The Swedish Foreign Ministry confirmed that they received the police’s notification to investigate Catalán’s death.

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