South African 🇿🇦 on Terror Charges 😱 'Dies in Mozambique' 💐

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A South African businessman facing terrorism charges in Mozambique has died in custody of suspected poisoning, his daughter has told the BBC.

Andre Hanekom was arrested in August and then accused of being a leader of a jihadist group in northern Mozambique.

His daughter said he had become ill on Saturday in Pemba jail, bleeding from the stomach and convulsing.

He had died before a court hearing this month where he hoped to prove his innocence, Andrie Hanekom said.

Contacted by the BBC, police said they had not been informed of Mr Hanekom's death and could not comment.

"His family are absolutely broken. We have tried for six months for the world to see he was an innocent man and we have lost him. We were so close - his court hearing was supposed to be this week," Ms Hanekom told the BBC.

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