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A doctor caught by the police without a mask on the public thoroughfare dies after being taken to the police station

The Ministry of the Interior confirmed the death of an Angolan doctor, led by police to a police station in Luanda, for supposedly circulating on the unmasked public thoroughfare, obligatory due to covid-19.


In a press release, the ministry states that the incident occurred on Tuesday, and after going to the Catotes police station in Rocha Pinto, the doctor was explained the methods of payment of the fine and not having an ATM terminal in the vicinity, called a close relative to proceed with the payment.

The note states that "minutes later, he showed signs of fatigue and began to faint, having had an apparent fall, which caused minor injuries to the head region".

"Due to his serious condition, he was taken to the Hospital do Prenda and ended up perishing on the way", the document stresses, adding that the Criminal Investigation Service intervened, taking the victim to the morgue at Josina Machel Hospital.

According to the authorities, the family of the deceased confirmed that the doctor was suffering from hypertension, but due to legal requirements, an autopsy will be performed on the corpse to determine the cause of death.

However, the National Union of Doctors of Angola contradicts the police version, saying that the colleague was questioned by officers of the National Police for driving in his private car, alone, without face mask.

According to the union, after the fall the doctor was allegedly held in his cell and hours later found dead.

"Only as soon as they decided to take the unsuccessful man in the police car to the Hospital do Prenda, where only his irreversible cardiorespiratory arrest was confirmed," the union says.

A group of colleagues from the David Bernardino Pediatric Hospital, where the deceased was working, after learning of the death, went to the said morgue and was surprised because the drawer where the body was was full of blood.

"The colleague presents an incisive wound, like a cut in the occipital region, which we assume was submitted to beatings and hard blows that resulted in that wound and abundant bleeding", emphasizes the union.

However, a source from the Ministry of the Interior advanced that the autopsy, done this Friday in the presence of the family and a prosecutor, concluded that the doctor was not the target of any aggression.

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