26 May 2014

Mozambique: Suspect in Assassination of Judge Arrested

Maputo — The Mozambican police announced on Monday that they have arrested a man in connection with the assassination of judge Dinis Silica on 8 May.

Silica, who was head of the criminal investigation section of the Maputo City Court, was murdered while has car was stopped at a set of traffic lights in central Maputo. Another car drew up beside him, and from the windows two AK-47 assault rifles appeared and sprayed Silica's car with bullets.

Speaking to reporters at his weekly press briefing, Maputo City police spokesperson Orlando Mudumane said “Right now we cannot show you the suspect, for the good of the investigation we are undertaking. But we can show you the gun”.

Mudumane said the AK-47 had been found in a vehicle undergoing repairs in a workshop in the Maputo neighbourhood of Inhagoia.

“There is proof that this was the gun that was used on that day”, he said. Ballistic tests had been carried out which showed this was one of the weapons used in the assassination.

Mudumane said that over the past week a further 11 firearms, and five toy guns were recovered from criminals (toy guns can often have the same effect as the real thing when pointed at a frightened victim).

The guns had been used in a variety of crimes, including the theft of four cars, all of which were later recovered by the police. Four people have been arrested in connection with the car thefts.

At Maputo International Airport, 76 foreigners were denied entry during the week, Mudumane said that 70 of them had forged entry visas, five had no visas at all, and one was unable to tell immigration officials why he was visiting Mozambique, where he planned to stay, and what money he would live on.

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