South Africa police accused in murders

first_imgIn 2011, the newspaper alleged that the unit had committed “scores of assassinations, some in retaliation for suspected cop killing and others related to ongoing taxi wars.”Using witness testimony, death scene photographs and expert ballistic reports, the newspaper linked the unit the police officers worked for to many suspicious deaths.Police spokesman McIntosh Polela said police officers of various ranks were arrested, and that authorities seized counterfeit cash, ammunition and crime scene photos during the arrests.The accused officers are to report weekly to their nearest police station. They are due back in court Aug. 23.Polela says that more arrests are likely.South Africa has a high rate of violent crime and some citizens, in calls to radio talk shows and letters to newspaper editors, have praised members of the alleged death squad for cracking down on criminals.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) – Eighteen South African police officers have been arrested on charges of murder, assault and possession of ammunition, an official said.A spokesman for prosecutors, Mthunzi Mhaga, said that during a court appearance on Friday in the eastern port city of Durban, the officers were freed on 5,000 rand (less than $600) bail each.The arrests earlier this week followed an investigation that began in January 2012 after allegations of a police “death squad” operating in the Durban area appeared in the Sunday Times, a Johannesburg newspaper. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familycenter_img 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Sponsored Stories last_img read more