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Six jailed in Tanzania for chopping off
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17:05 BST, 4 September 2017
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By Kizito Makoye
DAR ES SALAAM, Sept 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Tanzanian court has
sentenced six men to 20 years in jail each for chopping off the hand of an albino boy in
the hope of selling it as a witchcraft charm.
The men were charged with severing the left hand of 12-year-old Mwigulu Matonange in
February 2013 and running away with it, before some were caught scouting for a
prospective
buyer, the local Daily News reported.
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The
United Nations estimates that at least 75 albinos were killed in Tanzania between
2000 and 2015 but says that could represent a fraction of the attacks as most occur in
secretive Share
rituals in rural areas.

Albinos are attacked for their body parts, which are prized in witchcraft and can fetch a
high price.
The four men were convicted on Friday of conspiring to murder and attempting to kill the
boy, charges that carried separate jail terms.
However they were not sentenced to the maximum term of life imprisonment due to
mitigations and the fact none had previous criminal records, Justice Adam Mambi told the
high court in the southwestern Rukwa region.

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