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The Mozambique Bar Association (OAM) on Wednesday called for the reopening of courts to allow trials to be held when announcing the review results of the country’s 60 days of state of emergency.

Speaking to the press in Maputo, Casimiro Duarte, chairman of the OAM, said that the state of emergency has helped to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but closed courts have also slowed down the trial processes.

There must be an effort by the Supreme Court to reopen the courts as soon as possible, the ones that have extra rooms to accommodate people in observance of the preventive measures and can limit the number of people allowed in the court room, said Duarte.

Court rooms are among the institutions where operations are suspended according to the rules of the state of emergency due to COVID-19, which was enacted more than two months ago.

The association also concluded that there has been excessive use of force by police officers when enforcing the rules during this special period.

While announcing the extension of the state of emergency for another 30 days last week, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said the government would evaluate the possibility of relaxing some of the regulations. Enditem

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