Mozambican authorities have announced the arrest of a suspect in the case of a businessman who was kidnapped a week ago and found dead on Tuesday in the province of Maputo.
“Citizen arrested in connection with crime. chamois [Serviço Nacional de Investigação Criminal] regrets this fact and has done everything to solve this problem of kidnapping,” said spokesman Leonardo Simbine.
The body of a businessman abducted more than a week ago was found in Thumen, Maputo province in southern Mozambique. wounds and signs of aggressionbut officials warned it was premature to determine a specific cause of death.
“Now forensic medicine is doing its job,” said Leonardo Simbine.
The man was abducted on December 14th.by an armed group in front of one of its commercial establishments in the municipality of Matola.
Video captured by surveillance cameras at the crime scene shows the exact moment a group of four pulled the businessman into the carin the middle of the day.
Maputo and other cities in Mozambique, mostly provincial capitals, have again been the scene of a wave of kidnappings since 2020, mostly businessmen or their family members.
In Mozambique from January to November 11 kidnappings and 27 arrests related to crimesaccording to data provided by the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
In a crime report released in early June, Attorney General of the Republic of Mozambique, Beatriz Buchili, said kidnapping crimes are on the rise and criminal groups have cross-border ramifications, maintaining cells in countries like South Africa.
The judge said there are victims who are “constantly blackmailed”, even after release, to continue paying sums of money to ensure they are not kidnapped again.