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The Judicial Court of the Province of Cabo Delgado will today start reading the sentences of 189 people accused of involvement in the armed violence that has affected the province since October 2017.
Defendants include Mozambicans and foreigners, mostly from Tanzania, which borders the Mozambican districts that have been targeted by the armed groups. The trial began on October 3, 2018, a total of 20 sessions being led by Judge Geraldo Patrício.
The dozens of detentions and the ongoing trial have not been able to contain the violence in Cabo Delgado, with attacks and accusations of human rights abuses by the Defence and Security Forces (FDS) multiplying.
A document seen by Lusa last week indicates that the Mozambican Public Prosecutor’s Office (PGR) declared a total of 339 people ‘arguidos’ [officially named suspects] in 19 cases related to the attacks.
Of the 339 ‘arguidos’, 275 are currently held in pre-trial detention and 64 are on bail subject to statement of identity and fixed residence [termo de identidade e residência], the document reads.
According to official figures, at least 140 people, including residents, alleged attackers and members of the security forces, have died since the wave of violence began.Source: Lusa
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