Tanzanian Muslims detained without trial protest

2017-03-29 19:04


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Dar es Salaam - Dozens of Tanzanian Muslims accused of terror offences said on Wednesday they would boycott pre-trial trial hearings to protest spending four years in custody, their families barred from visiting.

Most of the 61 suspects, including preachers, were arrested in mainly Christian Arusha in the north of the country following a series of attacks which killed several people.

They all deny implication in the violence which included a May 2013 attack on a Catholic church during an inaugural mass attended by the Vatican ambassador to the country and Arusha's archbishop.

A local newspaper, Mwananchi, quoted one suspect as complaining to the judge that it was always the same story - that the inquiry was not over.

Another urged the authorities to come out and "declare we are held indefinitely, until we die."

Judge Nestory Baro said he would inform the prosecution of the suspects' decision to boycott future hearings, while insisting they attend the next one on April 11.

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