Machel’s daugh­ter sues ac­cused for R58m

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD - PAUL FAVET

MAPUTO: Rofino Licuco, the man ac­cused of a sav­age as­sault against Josina Machel, the daugh­ter of Mozambique’s first pres­i­dent, Samora Machel and former ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Graça Machel, has gone on trial in a Maputo court.

Licuco was Josina’s boyfriend be­tween 2012 and 2015.

Josina tes­ti­fied in court on Mon­day that Licuco at­tacked her in Oc­to­ber 2015.

He beat her on the face so badly that she was blinded in her right eye, she tes­ti­fied. Licuco de­nies the charge. His de­fence is that Josina “tripped and fell”.

Josina is seek­ing com­pen­sa­tion of 300 mil­lion met­i­cais (R58 mil­lion, at cur­rent ex­change rates).

She says that, if granted th­ese dam­ages, she will use the money to fi­nance a project to sup­port women who are the vic­tims of vi­o­lence.

Con­trary to the prin­ci­ple that, with few ex­cep­tions, all Mozam­bi­can tri­als are open to the pub­lic, re­porters were not al­lowed into the court room. No ex­pla­na­tion has been given for hold­ing the trial be­hind closed doors.

After the Mon­day hear­ing, nei­ther Josina nor Licuco would talk to the me­dia.

Graça Machel also has told re­porters that she is un­will­ing to com­ment: “Only after the verdict could I per­haps make a state­ment.”

The trial has been ad­journed un­til Fe­bru­ary 2.

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