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Sofala’s provincial director of health, Chico Farnela Sande, who has been on trial in Beira for libel and defamation in a lawsuit brought by a civil servant in the process of retiring from the same department, was acquitted yesterday.
The magistrates led by Sérgio Agostinho Nunes concluded that the witness statements filed in the case brought by António Biquitira Vusso were unanimous in stating that they had never heard the defendant Farnela making any accusations against the complainant.
Vusso claimed that the provincial director had paid a witch doctor in the district of Nicoadala in Zambézia to kill him, but the bench ruled that it could not be concluded that the defendant had pronounced threats directly against Vusso.
“Witness Aloísio Gonzaca Pio denied that the offended person had been accused in a meeting. It was also clear that the offender was retired, because he had already reached the statutory retirement age,” Nunes said.
The magistrates of the 3rd section of the Beira City Judicial Court also concluded that there were insufficient grounds to conclude that the defendant had insulted or defamed Vusso. Therefore, “the body of judges of this section unanimously agree to acquit the defendant Chico Farnela Sande”, Nunes said.
By Sérgio ManuelSource: Diário de Moçambique