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The judges of the 4th Criminal Division of the Superior Court of Appeal of Maputo have rejected an appeal filed by Momad Assif Satar (‘Nini’ Satar) and maintained the order of revoking his probation.
Satar appealed against the decision of the Maputo City Judicial Court which, at the request of the Attorney General’s Office, revoked his probation, alleging successive violations.
Satar left Mozambique four years ago after being granted probation. He was released on parole on September 5, 2014, after serving half his 24-year sentence in connection with the murder of journalist Carlos Cardoso in November 2000.
He was recaptured in Thailand on 25 July and repatriated to the country.
In his appeal, Satar stated that the court misinterpreted the facts and misapplied the law.
Judges Arlindo Mazive, Inácio Ombe and José Sampaio, of the 4th Chamber of the Higher Court of Appeal of Maputo City, in their ruling in Case No. 26/18, upheld the first decision, stating that, as a conditional parolee, Satar’s recurring messages to José Coutinho and Edith Cylindo, suspected of committing felonies of murder and abduction, were registered, a fact he himself acknowledges.
The judges also say that Satar used social networks (his Facebook account) to publish libellous texts directed at public figures, including magistrates.
According to the High Court of Appeal, insulting public persons or entities constitutes conduct incompatible with a person entitled to parole.
The judges also stated that Satar had not provided medical reports on his state of health, and his justification for leaving the country was receiving medical treatment in India.
Satar left the country without a passport having been issued by the Mozambican authorities or a visa to India under the name of Momad Assif Satar, so it is concluded, the document says, that he used a false identity.
“In the light of the foregoing, there is no doubt that the applicant (Nini Satar) has committed acts constituting breaches of the obligations imposed during probation, which justifies its rejection,” the ruling concludes.
Satar is being held in Machava Maximum Security Penitentiary after being recaptured in Thailand and repatriated to Mozambique.Source: AIM