Dam Busters Sabotage Plan Foiled

May 26th, 2009 - 12:43 am ICT by GD  

Four foreigners, trying to sabotage one of the largest hydro-electricity dams on Africa were arrested in Mozambique on Wednesday. They were caught putting an identified corrosive substance in the turbines of the Cahora Bassa dam on the Zambezi river in the Tete district of central Mozambique.

A 50-year-old German soldier and architect, a 21-year-old South African, a 30-year-old Portuguese hotel worker and a 28-year-old pilot from Botswana were arrested in the sabotage attempt and Tete police chief Jamal Chande said, “They are suspected of attempting something. Now they were transferred to the judiciary in Tete to face the accusation.” National Police spokesman Pedro Cossa also said that 1,100lb (500kg) of the unnamed corrosive substance was seized from the suspects and that “The suspects were caught putting the substance into the dam’s turbines.”

Meanwhile, Carlos Da Silva, one of the arrested, said to the police that they had no intention of sabotage or damage and claimed instead, “We were throwing into the water what we believe could bring positive energy to the region.” He also said, “We were arrested by the police on suspicion of terrorism, something we find incredible. We came here with good intentions. Maybe we should have contacted the local authorities before.”

Friederike Ritschl, wife of the German suspect has said that the substance confiscated was actually “orgonite”, a life force with healing properties. She also claimed that they belonged to a group called “Orgonise Africa” and have taken part in “countless orgone healing expeditions” in Africa since 2002.

According to the authorities, the four suspects will be detained in prison until all investigations are completed.

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