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Police receive reports of DIS torture

Staff Writer
The police have received three reports alleging abuse by the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS).

The Minister of Justice, Defence and Security, Dikgakgamatso Seretse told Parliament yesterday that one report is from a police officer, while two are from civilians. Seretse was answering questions from the Member of Parliament for Gaborone Central, Dumelang Saleshando. The minister said a DIS operative was killed by his pistol during a shoot-out with thugs. "Investigations on this matter are still on-going therefore, I am not in a position to disclose any information," Seretse said. A Zimbabwean, Blessing Mukweni is currently in court on allegations that he shot and killed DIS officer, Daniel Moilwa in Gaborone on November 19 last year.

Since its inception early last

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year, the DIS has dominated news headlines for the wrong reasons. Four members of the security forces claimed torture at the hands of DIS agents late last year. Two soldiers and two policemen alleged that they were severely beaten and humiliated in a torture chamber at the offices of DIS in Gaborone in October last year.

Police spokesman, Christopher Mbulawa said yesterday that their investigations on the torture allegations are continuing. Mbulawa said the case does not only involve DIS agents.

"They are about 10 people involved in this case, with four police officers, three Botswana Defence Force members and three DIS agents," Mbulawa said.



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