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Businessman Kasanda, two others rearrested minutes after being discharged by court


Businessman, Sedrick Kasanda, and his two co-accused were on Thursday rearrested, few minutes after the State entered a nolle prosequi in the case they were accused of obtaining money by false pretense and money laundering involving about US$500,000.

Kasanda was jointly charged with businessmen, Dominic Twinjika and Treasure Malandala and a company known as Luwowoshi Mining Limited, to which they pleaded not guilty.

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They were charged with six counts of obtaining money by false pretences and money laundering.

The suspects are accused among other counts of duping a South African, Anton Russell and obtaining US$72,160 by pretending that they would sell him 82-kilograms of gold.

It was also alleged the the accused within the same period jointly and whilst acting together, acquired and used $522,165 deemed to be proceeds of crime.

But when the matter came up for confirming trial before Lusaka Magistrate Magistrate, Kawama Mwamfuli, the State informed the court that the Director of Public Prosecutions had entered a nolle prosequi.

“A nolle prosequi has been entered, this means that you are hearby discharged. But I must warn you that you maybe rearrested on the same charges,” he said.

And true to his words, the accused were rearrested immediately they stepped out of the courtroom by plain clothed suspected police officers.

By 17:00 hours, the accused persons were yet to be charged. They were detained at different Police Stations with Kasanda reported to be in custody at Kabwata Police Station.

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