4 to die for killing albino

4 to die for killing albino

Friday, March 6, 2015 2:19 pm

File photo of albinos

File photo of albinos

A court in Tanzania’s northwestern region of Geita has sentenced four people to death by hanging after they were convicted of killing a woman with albinism.

The prosecution told the court on Friday in Gieta that the victim died after the accused people chopped off both her legs and her right arm on March 11, 2008.

Judge Joacquine Demello said the prosecution had proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused people had indeed killed the woman with albinism.

The judgment was delivered a few days following reports of a fresh wave of killings of albinos.

Meanwhile, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has expressed shock over the fresh wave of killings of albinos.

He said the barbaric cruelty, which had also given Tanzania a bad image, would not be tolerated.

Kikwete called for immediate arrest and charging of perpetrators of such brutal killings.

He said his government had relentlessly worked round the clock to prevent the crime ever since he assumed the presidency in 2005.

The killings of albinos, which were often motivated by the use of body parts for ritual purposes, have claimed the lives of at least 76 people and 56 others have been injured in Tanzania since 2000, a report by the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, said.

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