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Mozambique: Denial of medical treatment / Fear of extrajudicial execution- Amir Ali Mahomed (m), 25 years

, Index number: AFR 41/001/2002

Amir Ali Mahomed is in urgent need of medical treatment after reportedly being shot in the head by police officers. He is currently being held at Machava prison in the Mozambican capital Maputo, but prison officials have failed to ensure that he is transferred to hospital.

PUBLIC AI Index: AFR 41/001/2002
UA 47/02 Denial of medical treatment / 13 February 2002
Fear of extrajudicial execution
MOZAMBIQUE Amir Ali Mahomed (m), 25 years old
Amir Ali Mahomed is in urgent need of medical treatment after reportedly being
shot in the head by police officers. He is currently being held at Machava
prison in the Mozambican capital Maputo, but prison officials have failed to
ensure that he is transferred to hospital.
Amir Ali Mohamed was initially arrested on 6 January, in connection with a
car theft, and was held for a week at two different police stations. Throughout
this time he remained hand-cuffed as police officers claimed that they had
lost the keys to the hand-cuffs. On 14 January he was taken to the local
fire-station, where he had his hand-cuffs cut off. He was then driven by three
policemen to the Mavalane suburb of Maputo, where he was reportedly shot twice
in the head and left for dead.
Local residents alerted his family, who took him to Maputo central hospital.
The same evening, police officers arrived at the hospital and arrested his
wife and three other members of his family. They were detained overnight and
released the following evening. No credible justification was given for their
arrest.
Amir Ali Mohamed remained in hospital until 20 January and was then transferred
to the 3
rd
esquadra (squadron) police station. The following day he was
transferred to Machava prison. Although he received some treatment in hospital,
at least one bullet is said to be still lodged in his head. He reportedly can
hardly speak and is not able to walk. In Machava prison, he was seen by a doctor
who said he should go back to hospital for further treatment.
In recent months there have been several reports of detainees being removed
from their place of custody and being extrajudicially executed by police
officers. They include three detainees who were reportedly shot by police in
December 2001.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible, in
Portuguese or your own language:
- urging the prison authorities to ensure Amir Ali Mahomed is immediately
transferred to hospital and receives any medical treatment he requires;
- expressing deep concern at the reported shooting of Amir Ali Mohamed by police
officers and urging an immediate investigation into his shooting, and the
reported shooting of other detainees in recent months, with a view to bringing
the perpetrators to justice;
- expressing concern at the apparently arbitrary arrest of members of Amir
Ali Mohamed’s family on 14 January.
APPEALS TO:
Minister of Justice
Sua Excelência Ibraimo Abudo
Ministro da Justiça
Ministério da Justiça
Avenida Julius Nyerere 33
Maputo
República de Moçambique
Telegrams: Ministro da Justiça, Maputo, República de Moçambique
Fax: + 258 1 494 264
Salutation: Sua Excelência/Dear Minister
Attorney General
Exmo. Sr. Dr. Joaquim Luis Madeira
Procurador Geral da República
2
Procuradoria Geral da República
Maputo
República de Moçambique
Telegrams: Procurador Geral da República, Maputo, República de Moçambique
Fax: + 258 1 492 758
or
Fax: + 258 1 492 800
Salutation: Excelentíssimo Senhor/Dear Attorney General
Commander General of the Mozambican Police
Exmo. Sr. Miguel dos Santos
Comandante-geral
Polícia da República de Moçambique (PRM)
Comando Geral da Polícia
Maputo
República de Moçambique
Telegrams: Comandante-geral Polícia da República de Moçambique (PRM), Maputo,
República de Moçambique
Fax: + 258 1 431 048
Salutation: Excelentíssimo Senhor/Dear Commander General
Director of Machava Security Prison
Exmo. Sr. Director
Cadeia de Segurança
Quartel de Machava
Maputo
República de Moçambique
Salutation: Excelentíssimo Senhor/Dear Sir
and to diplomatic representatives of Mozambique accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 27 March 2002.

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