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The Mozambican police have arrested fifty people since the beginning of last year in the northern province of Nampula in connection with the trafficking and murder of albino citizens.
The Nampula provincial police spokesperson, Zacarias Nacute, told a press conference on Wednesday that all but three of the cases reported last year have been solved.
He added that the police will continue to implement measures “to eradicate this inhuman practice and to bring the criminals to court to receive exemplary justice”.
Crimes against albinos for their body parts have continued in Nampula despite the successful arrest and prosecution of offenders. According to the police, since the beginning of the year there have been two reported cases of the desecration of graves of albinos in order to remove bones. These crimes took place in Monapo district and Nampula City.
In the latter case, eight suspects were detained after the community cemetery in Namutequeliua district was targeted on 7 May.
The body parts of albinos are believed to possess magical properties and are used in black magic ceremonies.Source: AIM