The court of the city of Shinyanga, Tanzania, proved that the defendants not only killed the albino, but also dismembered the body – cut off their heads and legs.
Tanzanian sorcerers buy parts of albino bodies and make various amulets from them. Potential victims live in constant fear for their lives, especially in the villages of the northwestern regions of the country where the greatest number of killings occurred. According to Eric Nampesia, a BBC correspondent in Tanzania, many Tanzanians welcome the verdict. They hope that the fear of the death penalty will stop the wave of crimes against albinos.
Killing albinos is a common crime in Tanzania (according to rough estimates, over 50 albinos have been killed in Tanzania over the past two years), however, only recently have the country’s courts sentenced him to death. Four people sentenced to death intend to appeal the court decision.