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Momade Assife Satar, better known as Nini Satar, who was seized in Thailand on Wednesday, is expected to be repatriated to Mozambique by the end of next week.
Mozambique does not have a bilateral extradition treaty with Thailand, and Nini Satar’s repatriation will take place within the framework of national conventions against organised international crime to which the two states have signed up, writes ‘Jornal Noticias’ in its printed edition of this Friday.
In addition to the fake passport he carried with the name of Sahime Mohammad Aslam, Nini Satar is indicted on involvement in abductions not only in Mozambique but also in neighbouring South Africa.
Lawyer did not know Satar was in Thailand
Satar was probably in hiding in Thailand without the knowledge of the lawyer who arranged his release from jail on probation and the procedure that allowed him to leave for medical treatment abroad.
Damião Cumbane professed surprise at television reports reporting the capture of his constituent in Thailand on Wednesday night. “What was in process was that he asked for India’s authorisation for medical treatment, but then there were situations that dictated some assistance that India could not offer, so he asked for permission to go to England. It’s the latest information I have.”
Since he had then lost contact with Satar, Cumbane did not know he was in Thailand. “It was a surprise to me,” he says. Nor does he know what the next step will be. “What follows will exclusively be in the competence and responsibility of the Attorney General’s Office.”
Cumbane does not have detailed information about the crimes that Satar is accused of. “To my knowledge, there have been so many defendants involved in cases of abduction or kidnapping in which I was not told that Nini Satar had been charged. Now, mere references. I think that it starts off from confusions created by badly conducted interrogations.”
For his part, criminologist Elísio de Sousa says that, if it is proven that he broke the conditions of probation, Nini Satar may now serve the full prison sentence he had been handed. “It must be made clear that not all of the time that the citizen was absent from the country will count for the purpose of the sentence. This means that it will not necessarily be the 12 years left over [when he was released on probation], but [what will be taken into account] will the time he spent out of prison minus the days he spent in freedom after an arrest warrant had been issued,” de Sousa explains.
The Attorney General’s statement issued on Wednesday notes that steps are being taken to repatriate Sitar. As soon as he is in Mozambique, the Public Prosecutor’s Office will make known what charges he faces.Source: Folha de Maputo / O País