New legal man at the helm

MAPUTO - Augusto Paulino, who presided over the trial of the murderers of Mozambique's wellknown investigative journalist Carlos Cardoso, is that country's new attorney-general.

MAPUTO - Augusto Paulino, who presided over the trial of the murderers of Mozambique's wellknown investigative journalist Carlos Cardoso, is that country's new attorney-general.

Paulino, who until now was a Maputo high court judge, replaces incumbent Joaquim Madeira, who had been in the top job for seven years.

A presidential statement yesterday said President Armando Guebuza had relieved Madeira of his post.

Paulino's career shot to prominence when he presided over the Cardoso murder trial, which resulted in convictions and jail terms of more than 20 years.

Madeira's removal comes at a time when the country is facing an increase in crime.

It was not immediately known where Madeira, a seasoned lawyer, would be posted next.

the police and army have teamed up to set up stop and search operations in the capital and other major cities as a way to combat crime.

At the same time, government critics have alleged the justice system was rife with corruption, which has seen criminals escaping conviction.

This year, Guebuza fired several senior government officials, which analysts have said could be related to their part in crime or corruption. Among top government officials who have been fired this year is Tomas Mandlate, the minister of agriculture. - Sapa

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