A MAGISTRATE yesterday refused to release passports belonging to three Chinese and a South Korean accused of trafficking a Vietnamese for purposes of sexual exploitation.
Magistrate Idah Phiri said releasing the travel documents may defeat the purpose of securing the attendance of the accused persons.
This is in a case four Asians are charged with two counts of prohibition of trafficking in persons and giving a false statement.
The accused are Liu Gang, Pan Peng, Jia Yuqi, and Han Ho Bae, all aged between 28 and 65.
Between March 1 and June 3, 2023, in Lusaka, the four jointly and while acting together, the accused intentionally and unlawfully trafficked a Vietnamese for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
In the second count, allegations are that between the same dates, Pan and Han made a false statement that the said Vietnamese was coming to Zambia to visit family, when in fact not.
When the case came up yesterday for mention, defence lawyer Wallace Chitungu applied that smart phones confiscated from his clients be released.
“When the accused one and four were arrested on June 3, 2023, they had in their possession, about five mobile phones.
These phones include a Samsung, an IPhone 13 Promax, IPhone 14 Promax and and an IPhone 13 Pro, and another Samsung.
Mr Chitungu said after being released on bond, the four accused persons made follow-ups to collect the phones from the arresting officer but were informed that the phones cannot be handed back.
Mr Chitungu said his clients are in need of the phones which have very important applications installed on them
“Accused number two, am told that on his phone, he has installed a formula with specific ingredients that he uses for his water purification for his projects,” he said.
The lawyer said accused two and three have installed a specific application for payment of personal loans on the Government of the Republic of China’s e-governement bus.
He said the refusal to release the phones was in contravention of Article 16 of the Constitution which prohibits deprivation of any personal assets.
The lawyer also urged the court to allow his clients access their passports because accused number four needs to visit his father in law in Cambodia who is seriously ill.
“Accused one to three have instructed me that they are all businesses persons and from time to time need to fly from Zambia to China and back in business trips,” Mr Chitungu said.
In her ruling, magistrate Phiri dismissed the application to release the passports to secure attendance of the accused.
The magistrate ordered that an officer should appear before her and explain why the accused phones in still in his custody.
But she She ordered that the arresting be called to explain why the accuseds’ phones were not handed back to them.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 8th September, 2023)
The biggest-ever win on Aviator for the whole of Africa
Lucky player at betPawa Ghana touches down with the game’s biggest win to date after riding out phone glitch
Aviator, the world’s number one crash game from award-winning developer, SPRIBE, has landed another big winner at popular betting brand betPawa Ghana won a massive $500,000 (ZK11.8 Million) – the biggest Aviator win in Africa.
This is how the action unfolded…
Fuseini, from Kumasi, Ghana, opened betPawa on his smartphone and headed straight to the game lobby to take flight with Aviator. Having set his bets at GH¢20, he launched the plane and watched as it climbed higher and higher, with the bet multiplier also getting bigger and bigger.
With Aviator, the aim of the game is to hold your nerve for as long as possible – the longer you hold out, the bigger the win multiplier gets. Of course, if the player waits too long, the plane flies away taking their accrued winnings and original stake with it.
In a twist of good fortune, his smartphone was not functional, and he couldn’t cash out for a few moments. Those few extra seconds of being airborne took the multiplier sky high, taking his total win to a life-changing ZK 11.8 Million (more than $500,000).
Not only did he hit the Highest Cash Multiplier of the Week, but his win is the largest ever recorded in Ghana since SPRIBE introduced Aviator to the market back in 2018.
To mark the occasion, betPawa treated Fuseini to a once-in-a-lifetime experience, flying the avid football fan and his family and friends to a football match in a private jet. The betting brand, which is active in eleven African countries, then held a press event where Fuseini spoke emotionally about the win and was presented with a cheque for $500,000.
Giorgi Tsutskiridze, CCO at SPRIBE, said: “Aviator is a thrilling game loved by more than 10 million players a month across the world. Not only does it provide engaging, fast-paced action on mobile and desktop, but as seen by Fuseini, it gives a superb opportunity to players to build their wealth and fortune just by playing the best crash game in the world.”
“Aviator is multi-player and social, and Fuseini can now enjoy his time at the top of the Aviator Battle Royale Leaderboard where other players can put their mettle to the test to see if they can land an even bigger multiplayer.
“It’s also great to see betPawa give Fuseini the royal treatment following his big win. This is a great branding opportunity for the operator and also helps to make even more players aware of the Aviator and why it’s the number one crash game on the planet.”
Fuseini said: “I cannot believe what is happening to me because I never imagined ever being on an aeroplane. Today, I have been flown on a very luxurious plane fit for a millionaire.”
Ntoudi Mouyelo, CCO at betPawa, added: “We are so happy for Fuseini and his incredible win on Aviator. What better way to celebrate than putting Fuseini in a real plane and flying him to watch his favourite sport, football. With his winnings in hand, he can now travel in style wherever he goes.
“Aviator really is one of the most popular games in our lobby, and we look forward to sharing more big win stories as they land.”
Pastor guilty of defilement
THE Lusaka Magistrate’s Court has found a Presbytery Church pastor guilty of defiling his granddaughter aged 11.
Magistrate Mutinta Mwenya convicted Allan Muchulu yesterday and committed him to the High Court for sentencing.
In this matter Allan Muchulu, of Lusaka’s Meanwood, is charged with defilement of a child.
The defilement of the child took place in March last year, in Meanwood.
And during trial, the girl narrated before a magistrate that the cleric had sex with her several times and would go to her bedroom in the night when she is not menstruating.
The accused pleaded not guilty and the State called several witnesses to testify against him for allegedly defiling the granddaughter of his brother-in-law.
During trial, the court heard that the victim, who is a double orphan, was being kept by Muchulu and his wife, who is the victim’s grandmother.
The court also heard that owing to alleged politics in Mrs Muchulu’s family, the pastor was allegedly implicated in the crime.
Lusaka resident magistrate Mutinta Mwenya later found Muchulu with a case to answer and placed him on defence.
In defence, Muchulu denied sexually abusing the minor, whom he described as a pathological liar.
The cleric also claimed that his wife’s relatives framed him.
“I stand here very surprised and shocked that I could have committed such a thing. I believe I have been framed because it is very juicy to hear what is happening about a pastor. As far as I know, I did not do what they are alleging I have done,” Muchulu said.
But during cross-examination by public prosecutor Malama Chisenga, Muchulu described the victim as a pathological liar.
“Are you a doctor to confirm that she is a pathological liar?” Ms Chisenga asked, as the accused said “no”.
And in her judgment, magistrate Mwenya said Muchulu’s defence and accusation of the victim of being a liar was an afterthought.
“I find it an afterthought for the defence to tarnish the image or character of the victim that she is a liar to merely evade the wheels of justice as this could have been raised in cross examination of the prosecution witness,” she said.
The court pronounced the clergyman guilty of the offence because allegations were proved against him.
Magistrate Mwenya further ruled out possibility of false implication and that she believed the testimony of the victim, who struggled to open up as during trial as she looked sad, distressed and disturbed.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 28th November, 2023)
Zambia Correctional Service Officer arrested for alleged murder of a bricklayer who delayed to bring him food, police say
POLICE in Mumbwa have arrested and charged a Correctional Service Officer stationed at Kitumba Correctional Farm in Mumbwa for alleged murder of Richard Silwamba aged 42 a bricklayer at Sugarloaf Enterprise Kaindu in Mumbwa.
Clifford Chota Mubili 29 allegedly beat up the deceased after he delaying from buying his food.
Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the officer will appear in court soon.
“It is alleged that the deceased delayed to come back from buying foodstuffs after having been sent by the suspect, making him annoyed and later got a metal bar and hit the deceased on the face,” he said.
Mr Hamoonga said the body of the deceased was inspected and a deep cut was seen on the upper right eyebrow.
The body has been deposited in Mumbwa District Hospital Mortuary awaiting Postmortem while the suspect is detained in Police custody and will appear in Court soon,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Monday, 27th November, 2023)