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The families of the 28 Mozambican citizens in police custody in neighbouring Malawi are calling on national authorities to intervene as soon as possible to secure their release.
The group, which includes a citizen of Portuguese nationality, were detained in 2016 by the Lengue National Forest Forestry Police while logging in the Panda region, Doa district, 200 kilometers from the city of Tete, in Mozambique.
Despite being found in Mozambican territory, they were taken to Malawi and are held in Chichire maximum security prison in Blantyre.
Their families are desperate because, apart from the fact that the poor conditions in, the detainees also complain of mistreatment and manifest intransigence by the Malawian police authorities.
According to Mozambican Television (TVM), the national public channel, a trial took place in November 2016, but sentencing was deferred twice without explanation, and until it takes place, the Mozambicans remain marooned in the Chichire cells.
The Portuguese national is from Leiria, Portugal, and had been working in the Mozambique logging sector for 12 years.Source: Folha de Maputo