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Eight South African police officers convicted of murder

Published 25/08/2015

The former policemen were found guilty of the murder and assault of taxi driver Mido Macia. (AP)
The former policemen were found guilty of the murder and assault of taxi driver Mido Macia. (AP)

A judge has convicted eight South African policemen who dragged a handcuffed Mozambican man behind a police van of murder.

A spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority said a judge ruled that the policemen cuffed taxi driver Mido Macia to the van and intentionally dragged him with the vehicle to a nearby police station in 2013. He was later found dead in a police cell. Police had arrested Macia for an alleged traffic infringement.

The incident was captured on a mobile phone video, sparking protests against police brutality.

The African News Agency reported that the court acquitted a ninth police officer during the trial.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Luvuyo Mfako said the men will be sentenced on September 22.

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