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Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. File photo: Lusa
President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has expressed condolences to the family of the Portuguese businessman found dead on Sunday in the outskirts of Maputo, the capital of Mozambique.
The Portuguese head of state “spoke to the daughter of José Paulo Antunes Caetano, to whom he personally presented his solidarity” at a time of “mourning for the family and for the Portuguese community in Maputo”, a message on the presidency website reads.
The message notes that the 51-year-old Portuguese construction machinery businessman was found dead after he was kidnapped on Friday and “after the ransom requested by the criminals had been paid”, as announced on Sunday by the Portuguese Secretary of State for Communities, José Luís Carneiro. “The President of the Republic, concerned about the seriousness of the situation, awaits the conclusion of the ongoing investigations,” the message concludes.
Mozambique police told Lusa on Monday that there were indications that the businessman had been kidnapped by someone he knew, adding that they were trying to identify the perpetrators of the crime using information from the victim’s cell phone.Source: Lusa