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M&G Africa Reporter
03 Mar 2015 13:09
Mozambique constitutional expert Gilles Cistac, fighting for his life in hospital after being gunned down in the capital Maputo. (Supplied)
GILLES Cistac, a constitutional law expert who said the call by Mozambique’s main
opposition for an autonomous region had merit, has died after being shot Tuesday morning in the capital, Maputo.
The Centre for Human Rights in Pretoria, South Africa, issued a statement late Tuesday afternoon saying it had “learned with shock and distress of the assassination of Prof Gilles Cistac. He was shot four times in the chest by unidentified gunmen”.
Cistac was rushed to hospital in a serious condition after bullets struck him in the thorax and abdomen and underwent surgery, a spokesman for Maputo’s Central Hospital told
Cistac was shot in a cafe on Avenida Eduardo Mondlane, one of the city’s
main boulevards, local news service CanalMoz reported.
had been quoted in local media this year as saying that calls by the Mozambique
National Resistance for greater autonomy for the north and centre of the
country could be justified under the constitution.
disputes the results of October elections and is demanding greater autonomy for
areas where it polled the most votes.
a professor in the law faculty at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane,
Mozambique’s biggest and most prestigious.
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