Daveyton cops: Appeal dismissed

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The nine officers accused of murdering Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia will remain behind bars after their appeal to be released was turned down. Picture:

PRETORIA - The North Gauteng High Court  has dismissed an appeal by the nine officers accused of murdering Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia.

The judge has upheld the previous ruling, which denied the accused bail.

Judge Eberhard Bertelsmann says it is clear the officers tried to cover up Macia's death.

He's concerned that if they are released on bail, they may interfere with the investigations.

Bertelsmann has referred to a false entry in the occurrence book at the Daveyton Police station -- made hours after Macia died -- as well as the overwhelming community rage in response to the incident.

The nine officers are facing murder charges after footage was released of Macia being dragged through the streets of Daveyton earlier this year.

He died in police cells hours later.

-eNCA

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