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Tanzanians charged with murder of British pilot


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NINE Tanzanians have been charged in connection with the murder of a British conservationist whose helicopter was shot down while he chased suspected poachers, a court official said yesterday.

Roger Gower, 37, died when suspected poachers gunned down his helicopter during a patrol of the Maswa Game Reserve in northern Tanzania, close to the world-famous Serengeti National Park, on January 29.

Photographs of the crashed helicopter show twisted metal, apparent bullet holes in the fuselage and smears of blood on the pilot’s seat.

“Four of them are charged with murder, while others face charges of economic sabotage and unlawful possession of firearms,” senior government prosecutor, Yamiko Mlekana, told AFP.

The four men charged with murder are Shija Mjika, 38, Njile Gunga, 28, Dotto Pangali, 42, and Moses Mandago, 28. They have not yet entered any plea, as their case will be tried in the high court.

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