Comoros: arrest of the alleged killer of the businesswoman

The Gendarmerie Research Brigade arrested the alleged killer three days after the death of Sitti-Hafsoi Dhoiffir, which caused chaos in the country due to the nature of the attack. The businesswoman was violently attacked at home on the night of June 26 to 27. The victim was none other than the wife of the owner of the Johanna Livingston Hotel, Abdoul-Haffar Maanfou Kassim, a major local economic operator.

A gruesome killing that has sparked the outrage of many

“According to the doctor who examined the body, he sustained multiple blows to the neck, neck and arms. The perpetrator(s) also stole an amount of 500,000 francs (1000 euros, editor’s note), an IPhone 13 brand smartphone and other property”, reported Al-watwan newspaper, citing the public prosecutor of Mutsamudu Court in Anjouan, Mohamed Abdallah.

The latter, contacted by JDM this Thursday, June 30, announced the continuation of the investigation “to identify the author or authors but above all to determine the motive and if there are sponsors or not”. The killing of that woman became a big topic that hit the headlines of the country. “Many citizens still do not understand the relentless attack of the criminal thief of this fifty-year-old mother of four boys, described everywhere as “a person with a good heart”, and who prepared to marry one of these children in the coming weeks,” reported Al-watwan’s correspondent in Anjouan.

The case has mobilized the authorities at the highest level. “The Minister of the Interior strongly condemns this killing and announces that a full and thorough investigation will be carried out. All means will be implemented to ensure that this action does not go unpunished”, indicates an official press release . A march was organized in Mutsamudu not only to demand the maximum sentence against the culprit(s) but above all to pray for an end to these heinous acts and this phenomenon of insecurity that has plunged in the population of uncertainty.

Investigators from the Mutsamudu Research Brigade, supported by their colleagues from Moroni, are stepping up research and promising to cast a wide net to identify “a network of chemical smokers” roaming around some ghetto, especially in the so-called Shitsangani district in the heart of the capital. from Anjouan. On Wednesday night, agents from the Brigade arrested “six youths” identified as close to these chemical smokers and one was connected to the main suspect arrested, who was in possession of the iPhone stolen from house of the deceased.

The killing took place in the victim’s private house located in the hall of the hotel

Young people aged between 19 and 24 who smoke chemicals

In information from JDM, “three of the youths arrested” recently arrived from Mayotte. We do not know, at the moment, the profile of the others between the ages of 19 and 24. The alleged killer would have acknowledged the facts and provided details that corroborated the findings made at the crime scene, according to Mohamed Abdallah, the public prosecutor of Mutsamudu (Anjouan).

A climate of insecurity prevails in Comoros even though security forces have managed to neutralize thieves like these young highway robbers who are now in prison after two weeks of terror in some areas of the island of Ngazidja (Grande-Comoros).

The judicial and security authorities are strong against this new phenomenon of insecurity. A few days ago, the Head of State, Azali Assoumani, brought together notables and scholars of the country to discuss precisely this phenomenon of insecurity coupled with unprecedented acts of delinquency. The gendarmerie arrested a few days ago, more than ten young people in Moroni in possession of narcotics.

The perpetrators of crimes in Comoros were arrested, tried and sentenced to death. But the sentence has not been carried out for more than 20 years because of the legal-moral imbroglio surrounding this sentence. The Union of the Comoros, which decided to appear on the list of abolitionist countries, is afraid that the execution of those sentenced to death will not be accepted by international bodies, especially the Human Rights Council of the United Nations in Geneva. The Comorian authorities have shown the desire to abolish this punishment without success because the country also derives its rules from Muslim law. In November 2020, Comorian deputies strongly opposed the hemicycle to any move that would lead to the abolition of the death penalty.

ASKemba, Moroni

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