NINE PRISON GUARDS IN MOZAMBIQUE ARRESTED OVER ESCAPE OF PRISONER

The Maputo Province Attorney’s Office has ordered the arrest of nine prison managers and guards suspected of colluding in the escape of one of the men charged with the murder or senior prosecutor Marcelino Vilanculo.

A media statement from Provincial Attorney’s Office said Tuesday the nine were detained because there was “proven risk of disturbing the investigations” and because the Public Prosecutor’s Office concluded there were strong signs of corruption and complicity in the escape. The prison authorities had reached the same conclusion.

The suspected murderer, Abdul Tembe, was the man who prosecutors say drove the car used in the assassination of Vilanculo on April 11 this year.

Tembe escaped from Maputo Central Prison on the night of Oct 24. On that night a violent thunderstorm hit Maputo, and the noise of the storm might have made it easier for Tembe to cut through the bars in his cell window without being heard.

Tembe was initially held in the cells of the Maputo Police Command, in the centre of the city, but was moved to the Central Prison, in the suburb of Machava, supposedly to protect him, since the other two accused, Amade Antonio and Jose Coutinho, had made threats against him.

Antonio and Coutinho are still incarcerated at the Police Command.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK