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Funeral held for Mozambican taxi driver

Saturday - 3/9/2013, 11:51am  ET

CORRECTING SPELLING OF MOZAMBIQUE - The funeral for Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia gets under way in Matola, Mozambique, Saturday, March 9, 2013. Macia died of injuries received when police allegedly tied him to the back of a police vehicle and dragged him through the streets of Daveyton, in neighbouring South Africa. (AP Photo/Ferhat Momade)

MATOLA, Mozambique (AP) -- Mourners in Mozambique have held a funeral for a taxi driver who died in a South African police cell after he was dragged from a police vehicle in a shocking incident that was filmed by onlookers.

A coffin bearing Mido Macia was lowered into the ground on Saturday before a crowd that included his distraught wife and parents. The burial happened in Matola, west of the capital, Maputo.

Ana Carlos Maposse, a resident of Matola, said the community does not feel compassion for those who killed Macia.

Nine South African police officers were charged with the murder of the taxi driver, who allegedly had blocked a road with his vehicle. They appeared in court on Friday and their bail hearing continues on Monday.

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