6 February 2013

Mozambique: Another Businessman Kidnapped in Maputo

Maputo — The Mozambican police have confirmed that last Thursday unknown assailants kidnapped well-known Maputo businessman, Imtiasse Golam, owner of Golam Motors, a company specializing in the import of vehicles and spare parts.

Among his other interests, Golam owns the Hotel 2001, in central Maputo.

Nothing is known about the details of the kidnapping, the whereabouts of Golam, or the size of the ransom demanded of his family.

Cited by the Maputo daily “Noticias”, the spokesperson for the General Command of the police, Pedro Cossa, declined to go into details, in order not to prejudice the investigations. Nonetheless, he was certain that the case will be cleared up and the kidnappers brought to justice.

Cossa told the independent newsheet “Mediafax” that the police “strongly believe we will soon have news to announce about this matter. Those responsible will be known, nobody will be hidden, because we are working. Sooner or later we shall locate the kidnappers”.

Cossa also declined to comment on the apparent refusal of the families of the kidnap victims to cooperate with the police, or on the fact that the courts have released several men arrested by the police apparently due to a lack of sufficient evidence tying them to the spate of kidnappings of businessmen of Asian origin.

Meanwhile, in the central city of Beira, the police have not yet been able to locate an 11 year old boy, named Anub, who was also kidnapped last Thursday.

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