Simao Roberto

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Roberto, a reporter for the government-owned Journal de Angola, was gunned down in his car outside the newspaper's offices in Luanda as he returned from the presidential palace, where he had covered a meeting of the Council of Ministers. Roberto was a well-known government critic whose colleagues believe was killed because of his journalistic work. Police subsequently presented three suspects they said carried out the attack, but a few days later one of the suspects denied involvement and said he had been forced to confess to get a lesser charge on another offense.


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