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Cape Verdean arrested in Togo on organ and blood trafficking suspicions, denied judicial assistance 27 March 2012

Cape Verdean António Monteiro dos Anjos, a pastor with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, has been under arrest for at least the past eleven days in Lomé, Togo, on suspicions of organ and blood trafficking. The information comes from the Cabo Verde Directo web portal and quotes a source from the pastor’s family.

The Cape Verdean is accused of organ and blood trafficking, but, based on the information provided by the source, no formal charges have yet been filed. The pastor’s relatives in Togo do not have much information regarding the reasons behind the accusations, according to Cabo Verde Directo.

Cape Verdean authorities have already been made aware of the case, and the Ministry of Foreign Relations and Presidency of the Republic are attempting to secure the pastor’s release.

A native of the island of Fogo, António Monteiro dos Anjos has been a pastor for 28 years, and has been fulfilling a church mission in Togo for the past three.

Cabo Verde Directo adds that a family source calls the accusations against the pastor “false, baseless and without any justification.” The pastor has been under arrest since March 15 and has not been allowed to contact his wife or the rest of his family. He has also been denied judicial assistance.

Source: Cabo Verde Directo

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