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Albino killer sentenced to death

Published Jul 27, 2010


Dar Es Salaam - A Tanzanian court on Tuesday sentenced a 50-year-old man to death by hanging after being convicted of murdering an albino girl in 2008, an official said.

The man had been accused of hacking off the limbs of a five-year-old albino girl and drinking her blood, an act associated with ritual killings of albinos in the east African country in the belief that it brings luck.

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"Witnesses told the court that the accused chopped off the child's legs at midnight and drank her blood," said Ayubu Mwenda, a court prosecutor in Tanzania's northern region of Mwanza.

Tanzanian laws impose death by hanging for people convicted of murder and high treason, however, nobody has been hanged since the mid-1980s.

Four suspects were sentenced to death in November for the murder of a 10-year-old albino boy.

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The wave of albino killings started in 2007, fuelled by the sale of their highly-prized body parts to witch doctors who use them to concoct wealth-enhancing charms. - Sapa-AFP

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