Mozambique’s most wanted criminal Satar in Maputo

August 3, 2018 | Brainwave Science

Mozambique hit man Satar case iCognative


Mozambique’s most notorious murderer and fugitive, Momad Assife Abdul Satar (“Nini”), was deported from Thailand on August 1, 2018, according to a report from the French news agency, AFP. Thailand Police detained Satar in Bangkok on 25th July 2018 in response to an international arrest warrant issued by Mozambique’s Attorney General’s Office (PGR) in April 2017 in connection with the wave of kidnappings that had shaken Mozambican cities since 2011. Now one of Mozambique’s most wanted men has arrived in Maputo in police custody.  It is believed that Nini Satar was behind the 2000 assassination of investigative journalist Carlos Cardoso but is also accused of masterminding a syndicate responsible for the kidnapping of Mozambican businessmen.

Now the similar type of crimes including kidnappings of wealthy businessmen outside their work or home are happening at high rates in South Africa. Since late 2016, it has been happening – quietly – at the rate of at least three a month in South Africa. The modus operandi remains the same. A wealthy businessman is kidnapped outside his home or work. A call is placed to his family, instructing them to pay an enormous ransom for his return. The lucky few are released after police investigate or find them and, in some cases, they are released months after they pay the ransom. The gang snatched wealthy executives and charged up to US$3M (RM12mil) for their release.

Interpol issued a “red notice”, or a non-binding arrest warrant, after allegations that Satar was still running a ransom-kidnap business across Mozambique and South Africa from overseas.

Arrest of Satar can surely be a turning point and can change the deteriorating kidnapping situation in South Africa.


All of Mozambique’s borders, including the eastern coast and airports, are porous and facilitate trafficking drugs, humans, and illicit wildlife products. A recent report has highlighted the increasing role of the East African nation Mozambique in the international drug trade, adding weight to warnings that the influence of Latin American criminals in Africa is no longer limited to a handful of west coast countries.

According to the news report in Daily Maverick, ‘Kidnappings are nothing new in South Africa. The last available statistics from the SAPS show that over the 2014/15 year, 4,252 abductions were recorded. But these particular kidnappings bear a number of unusual hallmarks. The sums demanded in ransom are astronomical: sometimes as high as R50-million. A 2017 report from Praesidio Risk Managers stated that during the last quarter of 2017, two of the five highest ransom demands recorded globally were in South Africa.’

The kidnapping of business people for ransom seems to be on the rise in South Africa, driven by highly organized professional syndicates as well as inexperienced copycats. In Jan 2018 South African Police Service (Saps) head of hostage negotiators, Colonel Ernst Strydom, expressed the organization’s concern that people live and do business in fear. He said kidnapping for ransom was uncommon until recently. He called on victims or their families to report all cases.


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iCognative utilizes advancements made in the field of neuroscience to enable a highly accurate identification of a person by distinguishing what a suspect, witness, or victim truly knows. A 45 minutes test with 99% accuracy can detect between an innocent and a suspect. The involuntary brain response called P300 is the hallmark feature of the technology. The way the human brain functions fully eliminate all possible false negatives, false positives, and countermeasures.

In the case of capture of Nini Satar, Mozambique law enforcement agencies can use case investigation details collected for each case of kidnapping and murder and conduct a iCognative test on Satar. Details in each case such as which target businessmen or wealthy people were kidnapped, time and location of kidnapping, murder of some wealthy people, gang members and channels used to collect ransoms etc. can be used as stimuli for conducting a iCognative test on Nini Satar and the whole syndicated network of organized crime in Mozambique. By using the power of iCognative technology by Brainwave Science finally the law enforcement agencies in Mozambique, East Africa, Interpol and South Africa all can crack this case open and solve the problem of organized crime in Africa.

This solution empowers security agencies and law enforcement with the opportunity of preventing the switch from reacting mode to proactive mode. iCognative by Brainwave Science leads the way for prevention and deterrence from dangerous criminals and hit-men like Nini Satar.


Source: Daily Maverick
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