Burundi court releases six police officers convicted of murdering WHO official Devin Montgomery at 2:27 PM ET
[JURIST] A Burundi [JURIST news archive] court Thursday released six former police officers convicted of killing a World Health Organization (WHO) [official website] official because two key witnesses against the accused escaped from custody. In May of 2005, four of the men were sentenced [BBC report] to death and two were sentenced to twenty years in jail for their role in the 2001 murder of WHO representative Kassi Manlan [WHO statement]. The court that convicted the men never formally alleged a motive for the killing, but defense lawyers say it was to prevent Manlan from investigating high-level politicians for defrauding a WHO malaria program. Reuters has more.
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