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President Joao Lourenco to investigate Joao Dala’s torture, says journalist Rafael Marques


Devdiscourse News Desk luanda Last Updated at 06-12-2018 23:53:20 IST Angola
President Joao Lourenco to investigate Joao Dala’s torture, says journalist Rafael Marques
  • President Joao Lourenco says he was unaware of any official link to the torture of Dala, a church youth leader (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

An Angolan human rights activist says the country's president plans to investigate a case of alleged torture by police officials.

Activist and journalist Rafael Marques de Morais says he told President João Lourenço at a meeting Wednesday that two Criminal Investigation Service officials allegedly involved in the 2016 torture of Joao Dala received promotions to provincial director posts in May. Lourenço says he was unaware of any official link to the torture of Dala, a church youth leader.

Marques says on Maka Angola, a website highlighting alleged corruption in Angola, that Dala was falsely accused of kidnapping, suffered serious injuries and died this year.

State-run media in Angola reported in August that the Criminal Investigation Service chief acknowledged "accidental" deaths during clashes between police and suspects.

(With inputs from agencies).


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