Mozambique: Three Arrested for Murder of Prosecutor

Three people have been arrested for the 11 April murder of Public Prosecutor Marcelino Vilanculo, the attorney general’s office said in a statement 1 August. Two of them are also charged with money laundering. More people are involved and are being pursued, the statement said.

Vilanculo was gunned down with an AK-47 assault rifle as he returned to his home in Matola. He was looking into the March 2015 assassination of the prominent Franco-Mozambican constitutional lawyer, Gilles Cistac, and also investigating the wave of kidnappings of businessmen (mostly of Asian origin) which has hit Mozambican cities since 2011. In particular he was investigating Danish Satar, suspected of being one of the masterminds behind the kidnappings. Danish Satar fled Mozambique in 2012, but Interpol arrested him in Italy and in December 2015 he was deported back to Mozambique. Danish is the nephew of Momade Assife Abdul Satar (“Nini”), one of the men convicted in 2003 of ordering the assassination of the country’s top investigative journalist, Carlos Cardoso. Nini Satar was released on parole in 2014, after serving only half of his sentence of 24 years and six months for the Cardoso murder; Nini is believed to be living in the UK.

Source: Mozambique News Reports and Clippings.