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South African ex-policemen who dragged man behind van jailed for 15 years

Published 11/11/2015

The former policemen appear at the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa (AP)
The former policemen appear at the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa (AP)

Eight former police officers have been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the murder of a Mozambican man they dragged behind a police van in South Africa.

Judge Bert Bam sentenced the men to 15 years each, the African News Agency reported on Wednesday.

Their defence lawyer told journalists that he planned to appeal the murder conviction.

The judge ruled in August that the policemen murdered taxi driver Mido Macia when they cuffed him behind a police 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 Mr Macia for an alleged traffic infringement. The policemen were later dismissed.

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

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