Mozambican fugitive extradited from Canada

Mozambican accused of hit squad murder of journalist arrives back home to await new trial after extradition from Canada.

Mozambique's most wanted fugitive, convicted of murdering one of Africa's top investigative journalists, arrived in his home country Saturday after being extradited from Canada.

Anibal dos Santos Junior landed in the capital Maputo via South Africa. Dozens of police and soldiers prevented journalists from asking him any questions at the airport.

Dos Santos, also known as "Anibalzinho," was detained by immigration officials at Toronto's Pearson Airport last May. An immigration board rejected his refugee status claim in December.

A few days after that decision, Mozambique's Supreme Court ordered him a new trial and ruled that the lower court should not have tried him in absentia.

Dos Santos was sentenced to 28 years in prison for killing Mozambican journalist Carlos Cardoso four years ago.

Cardoso had been investigating a massive bank fraud when he was gunned down in a Maputo street in November 2000. Some $14 million was siphoned out of the impoverished country's state bank in 1996 just before it was privatized

Investigations are still going on in Mozambique as to whether Nyimpine Chissano, the son of former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano, was involved in the bank fraud and Cardoso's murder.