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CSOs demand answers on albino body parts market

Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and Centre for the Development of People (Cedep) have pressed Malawi Police Service to find the market for the people with albinism body parts citing the recent arrest of a police officer as a breakthrough.

The two human rights organisationssaid in a joint statement police should be able to find the market for persons with albinism following of a police officer and medical assistant.

CHRR Executive Director Timothy Mtambo and his Cedep counterpart Gift Trapence said in a statement the arrest confirms a belief that there is a well-coordinated syndicate behind the attacks, abductions and killings of persons with albinism.

“Surely those arrested, if proven guilty, should be able to lead the police to the markets where this illegal trade is happening,” the statement reads in part.

They urged government to fight against impunity which is a key component for prevention and deterrence of the crimes

“We, therefore, expect those arrested to be speedily brought to trial to face the full arm of the law and be held accountable for their heinous crime,” reads the statement.

CHRR and Cedep have said the planned DNA test on those arrested is crucial as it will provide the much-needed forensic evidence to link the suspects to the crime.

The organisations have said they are following the matter concerning the death of Masambuka with keen interest and urge all responsible authorities to give the investigation the highest priority that the matter deserves and ensure that justice is delivered.

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