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South African Police Accused In Car Dragging Incident Get Bail Hearing

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A woman holding a poster of taxi driver Mido Macia protests outside the courthouse against the granting of bail for the eight police officers charged with murdering a taxi driver Mido Macia who was dragged from a police vehicle last week in Benoni outside Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, March 8, 2013. The killing of Mido Macia, a taxi driver from Mozambique who died in police custody on Feb. 27, shocked South Africans and viewers around the world after graphic video footage of him being tied | AP

JOHANNESBURG — A Mozambican taxi driver who was dragged from a South African police vehicle died from lack of oxygen and also suffered extensive head lacerations, a South African prosecutor said Monday.

Prosecutor December Mthimunye gave details of the autopsy of driver Mido Macia at a bail hearing Monday for nine police officers charged with his murder, according to the South African Press Association.

A defense lawyer, Lokhimbar Dikatope, alleged that Macia was involved in a road accident several days before his death in which several children were killed.

"A case of culpable homicide was opened against him," SAPA quoted Dikatope as saying.

Magistrate Sam Makamu adjourned the bail hearing until Tuesday morning.

Mthimunye said the driver died of hypoxia, had hemorrhaging in his right lung and tissue around his heart, suffered bruises to his genitals and also forearm injuries, suggesting he was fending off blows, according to SAPA.

Macia was dragged from a police vehicle after allegedly blocking a road with his vehicle east of Johannesburg, and was later found dead in a police cell. Some onlookers filmed the dragging incident.

On Saturday, Macia was buried in Mozambique before a crowd that included his distraught wife and parents.

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