Four persons named in ‘gold’ scandal fail to secure bail, to remain in detention till September 1


Four foreign nationals arrested in connection with the ‘gold scam’ could not secure bail on Wednesday as the State was not ready to proceed with the hearing of their application for habeas corpus.

Ali Abdulla Ali Al-Safi of St Kitts and Nevis origin, Noha Salaheldin Aly Nadim, an Eyptian, Spaniard David De La Cruz Castilla and Teunis De Mooij , a Dutch national would remain in detention until September 1, 2023, when the matter will be heard.

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This follows a request by the State for an adjournment to allow them time to respond to the application.

The parties appeared before Judge Ruth Chibbabbuka in camera.

The four submitted that they were facing an alleged offence of giving false information to a public servant contrary to a purported section 106(a) of the penal code, chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.

According to an affidavit in support of ex-parte summons for leave to issue a writ of habeas corpus ad subjiciendum and an order that the restrained applicant be released filed last Friday in the Lusaka High Court, the applicants said they were hired as pilots in-flight service attendant by Flying Group Middle East FZCO.

They complained of inhumane treatment in detention at Chelston Police Station and demanded to be granted bail.

DEC Director General, Nason Banda, announced last week that over US$5million, five pistols, seven magazines, 126 round of ammunition, 602 pieces of suspected gold weighing 127.2kilogrammes and equipment used for measuring gold had been seized from a private Jet at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.

He added that four Zambians and nine foreign nationals had been arrested in connection with the said scandal.

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