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A Portuguese man is suspected of having ordered the kidnapping and murder of Jose Paulo Antunes Caetano, found dead in an abandoned quarry in Moamba district, Maputo province, on Saturday, Notícias newspaper reported on Thursday on its printed edition.
Notícias adds that one of the three men already arrested and presented by SERNIC on Wednesday is a Portuguese national.
Police are currently trying to locate this other Portuguese citizen, who those detained have said to be the mastermind of the crime. The man’s name is Carlos, a partner of the victim, Notícias reports.
The Mozambican Criminal Investigation Police (SERNIC) has been able to establish that José Paulo Caetano was contacted by a person who invited him to go to inspect an earth-moving machine. From there he left with the individual and did not return, being found dead a day later in an abandoned quarry in Moamba, Maputo province. The victim’s body had wounds suggesting that he was struck with a sharp instrument.
After his disappearance, the family reportedly handed over to the criminals 15 thousand US dollars and a BMW vehicle (belonging to the victim).
The SERNIC recovered the victim’s BMW in Massinga district, Inhambane province, where one of the men was arrested.
The two other men, including the Portuguese, were arrested in Maputo.
A mini-bus which had just been acquired by one of the three men with part of the ransom was seized from one of the suspects. Two cell phones belonging to the deceased were also seized from the suspects, reads the report.
The investigators say these men were involved in vehicle theft and kidnapping in the city of Maputo and that two of them have a criminal record.
Furthermore, these three detainees are also suspects in the 2017 murders of South African Sarel Costzer and Turkish national Hakam Osturk, and in the killing of Portuguese citizen Aires Simoes Alves in 2016.
Watch below TV Mirarmar which only shows two of the three detainees.Source: Notícias / Miramar
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