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Magistrate refuses to grant bail to “flight risk” Pakistan businessman on Interpol wanted list

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THE Lusaka Magistrate’s Court has dismissed an application by detained Star motors proprietor Wahdat Hussain for bail pending trial in a case he is accused of possession of several cars suspected of being proceeds of crime.

Lusaka magistrate Trevor Kasanda refused to give bail to Mr Hussain because he is a flight risk who not only uses two different names but is also wanted in South Africa.

The magistrate is not satisfied that if give bail, the accused will avail himself when needed in court.

“The accused is highly likely not to attend court once released on bail. And as such, I dismiss the application by the defence and order that the accused person be remanded in custody,” the court ruled.

Mr Hussain is appearing in court for alleged possession of several cars suspected of being proceeds of crime.

When brought to court last Friday, the State asked the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court not to grant him bail pending trial because he is a flight risk and has eight passports.

Anti-Corruption Commission assistant director-legal Gloria Muyunda had told magistrate Kasanda that ACC had information that Mr Hussain is wanted in South Africa and Botswana for alleged human trafficking and money laundering allegations.

The accused, who allegedly uses two different names, is appearing in court charged with possession of property suspected of being proceeds of crime.

Between January 1,2021 and 27, 2024, Hussain did possesses a grey Toyota Fortuner, white Toyota Hilux, BMW X5, White Toyota Fortuner, Land cruiser Prado VX and two black and maroon Range Rovers, all cars are reasonably suspected of being proceeds of crime.

But defence lawyers, among them Emmanuel Phiri and Nkula Botha, applied for bail pending trial for their client, who they said was of fixed abode capable of raising sureties.

But the State objected to the application and produced evidence showing that Mr Hussain was on a wanted list among them an Interpol report for the accused which was last updated on April 12, 2022 and his South African passport under the names, Wajid Ahmed.

Ms Muyunda said the Interpol report also shows that he goes by name of Hussain Wahdat, Ahmed Wajid, and a nickname, Ali.

“The report shows that he is of Pakistan nationality with eight different passports from Pakistan and South Africa. The report also shows that he is wanted in South Africa over human smuggling related charges, corruption, and fraud. The report says the main suspect is involved in smuggling humans seeking asylum,” Ms Muyunda said.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 6th February, 2024)

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State to grab Charity Katanga’s buses

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THE Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Gilbert Phiri has applied to have the 10 Higer buses worth K26million belonging to imprisoned former Deputy Inspector General of Police Charity Katanga forfeited to the State.

Further, the DPP wants forfeiture of K1.5million which is in the account for Chibeka Express Limited, the company which was operating the 10 Higer buses deemed to be proceeds of crime.

In a notice of motion filed by the DPP before the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court, the DPP says the properties should be seized because they are tainted.

The lawsuit comes after the Magistrate’s Court jailed Ms Katanga, Monday, after being found guilty of possession of the 10 buses deemed to be proceeds of crime, is the interested party.

In the DPPs documents, the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC),
chief investigations officer Ewdin Mwanza submits that Ms Katanga Monday, February, 19, Ms Katanga was tried and convicted of the offence of possession of suspected proceeds of crime.

Mr Mwanza submits that court record will show that the former senior police officer’s conviction is based on her being found in possession of 10 higer buses whose registration numbers are; BAF 5118 ZM, BAF 5119 ZM, BAG 8558 ZM, BAG 8559 ZM, BAG 8733 ZM, BAJ 2476 ZM, BAJ 2590 ZM, BAJ 2919 ZM, BAV 2931, BAL 9126 ZM, all worth K26,282,770.

Mr Mwanza submits that the record will show that I also seized K1,55,005.15 in Chibeka Express Limited account number 9130000699156 Stanbic bank Ndola main branch which received these funds from the operations of the 10 higer buses found by this honourable court to be proceeds of crime.

He adds that the matter is a proper one in which the court can order that the buses and money in the account be forfeited to the State for being proceeds of crime.

The State prays that this court orders that the properties be forfeited to the State and paid into the government’s consolidated fund held at Central Bank.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 22nd February, 2024

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Police launch manhunt for mother who abandoned new-born

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POLICE in Choma, Southern Province are searching for a mother of a new-born baby discovered abandoned in a bush.

Yesterday, a new-born baby was found with maggots clinging to its umbilical cord in the bush.

Police have since taken the baby to the hospital for treatment, while investigations have been launched to locate the mother.

Southern Province commanding officer Auxensio Daka said the report was received on yesterday around 12:10 hours.

He said the incident was reported by Moses Kamunza who received the information from Judith Sam that an unknown mother dumped a baby in the bush.

Mr Daka said Ms Sam is believed to have discovered the baby when she heard a cry while in the bush.

“Police acted on the matter and visited the scene of crime where the woman found the baby under a tree. Brief facts of the matter are that the woman who found the child went to cut grass meant to make brooms. Whilst in the bush she heard a baby crying and went closer only to discover that a baby was naked and found with maggots on the umbilical cord,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 22nd February, 2024)

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Chingola taxi driver left in shock after finding his motor vehicle stolen

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A 28-YEAR-OLD taxi driver of Chingola district on the Copperbelt has been left distraught and in shock after a motor vehicle valued at K55, 000 was stolen.

The vehicle in question also had money amounting to K6, 000 which was meant to be cashed to his employer.

Francis Mumba is believed to have parked his vehicle, secured it and left the windows slightly open as he walked into the market to buy some vegetables around 10:00 hours.

However, when he returned, he found the vehicle was stolen.

Copperbelt Province commanding officer Peacewell Mweemba said the incident occurred on Saturday, February 17th at New Kapisha market.

He said the incident was reported by Mr Mumba himself that a vehicle, Toyota Corolla registration number AFB 1602 which he operates as a taxi was stolen by unknown people.

“Brief facts are that the reporter went to buy vegetables and parked the vehicle at the market and left the drivers and passengers windows slightly open, leaving cash money K6,000 cashing for one month in the glove compartment and he carried the car keys. When he returned he found that the vehicle had been stolen,” he said.

He added that the vehicle is the property of Stable Kasonde aged 38, also of Chingola district.

Mr Mweemba said police have since instituted investigations into the matter.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 22nd February, 2024)

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