9th cop arrested for Macia murder

2013-03-08 11:25

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Another police officer has been arrested for the alleged murder of Mido Macia, the Mozambican taxi driver who died after being dragged behind a police van.

This emerged in court this morning where eight police officers were set to apply for bail.

It was unclear whether the ninth man would appear in court.

“I brought him to the police station today,” said his lawyer, Sam Leso.

A magistrate on Monday postponed the bail hearing of the men arrested last week so that state witnesses could confirm the identities of the accused.

Bystanders filmed Macia being manhandled, handcuffed to the back of a police van and dragged hundreds of metres to the Daveyton police station, east of Johannesburg.

Just over two hours later he was found dead in his cell.

An autopsy found that he had died of head injuries and internal bleeding.

Footage of the incident spread quickly online and sent shockwaves throughout the country, shining a spotlight yet again on the conduct of the police force.

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