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The two men held by police in Nampula since Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of involvement in the assassination of mayor Mahamudo Amurane on Thursday October 4 have been released.
Family members told Wamphula Fax that the police claimed that they were protecting the citizens, who were with the mayor at the time of the incident, because there were fears that they might suffer at the hands of the population.
Sources however question why they were kept for five days with no contact if the police only wanted to protect them.
The family recommended that we report the matters to their lawyers, but they were not unavailable, claiming that the case was still at a “delicate stage”.
Wamphula Fax tried unsuccessfully to confirm the situation of the other people allegedly detained, but a police spokesman on Monday declined to confirm or deny that more than 10 people had been detained in connection with the murder.
The two detained were with the mayor at the time of his death, one of them being Amurane aide councillor Saíde Ali, and the other a contractor from the Island of Mozambique, Zainal Daudo, who was constructing a restaurant on an upper floor of the mayor’s residence.
Meanwhile, Notícias reports that the Police General Command of the Republic of Mozambique announced on Tuesday that it was holding two suspects in the investigation into the death of the Nampula mayor.
Without giving details, Inacio Dina said at the scheduled weekly police news briefing that the two had a connection with the then mayor.
“In relation to this subject, investigations are carried out and two individuals have been indicted in this case. They were retained, and in the process of investigation it was eventually concluded that there were enough elements for them to be arrested and constituted defendants.
“We do not want to go into details, but we can say that they have some link [with the mayor]. Of what nature is the link is a matter of investigation,” Dina said.Source: Wamphula Fax / Notícias