2003 Report by the Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Theo van Boven


Urgent appeals

904. On 14 February 2002, the Special Rapporteur sent a joint urgent appeal with the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions on behalf of Amir Ali Mohamed, who allegedly is in urgent need of medical treatment after having been shot in the head by police. He was believed to be held at Machava prison in Maputo. It was alleged, that prison officials have refused to transfer Amir Ali Mohamed to a hospital, despite his critical condition. He was reportedly first arrested on 6 January 2002, in connection with a car theft. It is alleged, that he remained handcuffed during one week, as the police claimed that they had lost the keys to the handcuffs. On 14 January, he was allegedly driven by three police officers to the Mavalane suburb of Maputo, where they reportedly shot him twice in the head and left him for dead. It appears that local residents alerted Amir Ali Mohamed’s family, who took him to Maputo hospital. He remained in hospital until 20 January, when he was transferred to the third “esquadra” police station. The following day he was apparently transferred to Machava prison. While he reportedly received some treatment at hospital, the bullet is said to be still lodged in his head.

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