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S.African police freed on bail over immigrant killing

A South African court has freed on bail nine policemen accused of murdering a Mozambican immigrant who was dragged behind a police van and then brutally beaten to death. The decision comes three months before the men are due to go on trial over the February killing of 27-year-old taxi driver Mido Macia, which was caught in graphic video footage. A court in a Johannesburg suburb freed the nine defendants on conditional bail of 5,000 rand (375 euros) on Tuesday, the Sapa news agency reported.

9 S.Africa police denied bail over taxi driver's death

A South African court on Tuesday refused bail for nine policemen accused of dragging a Mozambican taxi driver behind their van and then beating him to death in custody. Magistrate Sam Makamu said the group could be in danger amid public anger over the case and as police officers could interfere with witnesses or evidence. "I do not think it's in the interest of justice that they be released on bail," he told the court. The ruling came after three days of hearings into the killing of Mido Macia, who died aged 27.

S.African policemen denied bail for taxi driver murder

JOHANNESBURG, March 12 (Reuters) - Nine South African policemen charged with the murder of a Mozambican taxi driver who was shackled to the back of a police vehicle and dragged to a nearby station were denied bail on Tuesday. The police officers have pleaded not guilty to murder but cellphone footage captured by an onlooker and broadcast around the world by news channels shows heavy-handed treatment meted out to 27-year-old Mido Macia.

Bail ruling due on deadly S.Africa police dragging

A South African court is expected to rule Tuesday on bail for nine policemen charged with murdering a Mozambican dragged behind their van. Defence lawyers will wrap up arguments in a third day of hearings after the death of Mido Macia, 27, exactly two weeks ago. Police had to protect the lawyers when a small crowd of protesters attacked them leaving the court Monday, amid outrage at apparent police brutality.

S.Africa's dragging victim in 'fatal crash' before death

A Mozambican taxi driver who was dragged behind a police van and died in custody was in a car accident that killed five school children just days before his death, a South African court heard Monday. Twenty-seven-year-old Mido Macia faced charges of culpable homicide over the incident, Lokhimbar Dikotope, a lawyer defending the nine policemen charged with his murder said at a bail hearing.

S.Africa's dragging victim 'was in fatal crash before death'

A Mozambican taxi driver who was dragged behind a police van and died in custody was in a car accident that killed five school children just days before his death, a South African court heard Monday. Twenty-seven-year-old Mido Macia faced charges of culpable homicide over the incident, a lawyer defending the nine policemen charged with his murder said at a bail hearing.

Dragging victim abused at S.African police station: prosecutor

An Mozambican immigrant was found in a pool of blood after he was handcuffed and dragged behind a South African police van and brought to a cell bleeding and crying, in the latest scandal to dog the country's police force, a court heard on Monday. Taxi driver Mido Macia, 27, was brutally abused before and after his arrest two weeks ago, prosecutor December Mthimunye said at a bail hearing for nine policemen charged with his murder.

Witnesses to be called in S.Africa cops dragging death

Prosecutors in South Africa are expected to call witnesses Monday to argue against bail for nine policemen charged with murdering an immigrant taxi driver who was dragged behind their van. In a second day of hearings the state hopes to link the nine with the death of Mozambique national Mido Macia, 27, who died in police custody on February 26 after being confronted for parking his taxi on the wrong side of the road. Bystanders filmed Macia being manhandled, handcuffed to the back of the van and dragged hundreds of metres on the streets of Daveyton, east of Johannesburg.

Murdered Mozambican's family to sue S.African police

The family of a slain Mozambican taxi driver plans to sue South Africa's police after officers cuffed him to their van and dragged him through the streets, their lawyer said Sunday. Lawyers were instructed "to represent them, to advise them and to institute civil proceedings against the minister of police for the unlawful death of Emidio Macia," Sapa news agency quoted attorney Andrew Boernar as saying.

Mozambique to bury taxi driver killed in S.Africa police dragging

Mourners in Mozambique gathered Saturday for the funeral of a taxi driver who died in police custody in South Africa after officers cuffed him to their van and dragged him through the streets. Family and friends of Mido Macia, 26, travelled from neighbouring South Africa overnight to pay their final respects and he is due to be buried in Matola, a city next to the capital Maputo. Nine South African police officers have been charged with his murder over the incident, but pleaded not guilty in a hearing on Friday.
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