Two involved in Mozambique's container deaths sentenced to 9 years in jail

Source: Xinhua| 2020-10-21 18:29:23|Editor: huaxia

MAPUTO, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Tete provincial court in western Mozambique has sentenced two individuals involved in the death of 64 Ethiopian migrants in a container truck in March to nine years in prison, while acquitting five others due to lack of evidence, the national Radio Mozambique reported on Wednesday.

The two convicted individuals, both sentenced for the crime of "manslaughter" on Friday, are the driver of the truck and the guide of the group, according to the report.

The report said the other five acquitted individuals include two members of the country's police force PRM.

Sixty-four Ethiopian migrants were found dead and 14 others alive when a container truck was stopped and inspected by the police in Tete province in March this year. The cause of death was said to be asphyxiation. Enditem