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South African police announced this Sunday that a man wanted for leading a kidnapping-for-ransom group in Mozambique was arrested on Saturday evening at a luxury condominium near Pretoria.

“A multidisciplinary team led by members of the Tripartite Planning Cell (TPC) and the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) raided an elite home in Centurion where they detained an alleged ringleader wanted for kidnappings for which a ransom was required in Mozambique,” ​​it says. in a statement from the South African Police National Command (SAPS) released this Sunday.

Centurion is a residential area with a population of over 200,000 located between Pretoria, the country’s capital, and Midrand, in the South African province of Gauteng.

A South African police statement, accessed by Lusa, stressed that the South African security forces “acted on the basis of an arrest warrant and an extradition request from the government of Mozambique.”

“On Saturday evening, a team that was also part of the Special Task Force (STF) and the criminal intelligence and organized crime units arrested Esmael Malouda Ramos Nangi, 50, at the Centurion residence,” he stressed.

“The police seized from him a licensed 9mm firearm, fourteen 9mm rounds of ammunition, five mobile phones, several South African bank cards, and several Mozambican and South African SIM cards,” the South African police statement said. Luza had access.

The man will appear before the Randburg Magistrates Court in Johannesburg on Monday, according to South African police.

Contacted by Lusa, a spokesman for the South African Police National Command, Atlanda Mate, explained that the arrest was made around 19:00 (17:00 in Lisbon) on Saturday.

The Mozambican authorities last July requested the arrest and extradition of the suspect to “be tried for the crimes of kidnapping and conspiracy committed in Mozambique,” a police spokesman said, adding that Maputo did not elaborate on the alleged “conspiracy” crimes. . . .

“Of course, we are also investigating possible links between the suspect and the abductions committed in our country,” said Atlenda Mate Luse.

The TPC is a police force created by the governments of South Africa, Mozambique and Tanzania to combat transnational organized crime in the region.

CYH // FPA

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Source: Observador

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