Respite for Kasanda, four others as court grants each K500,000 bail in espionage case


Businessman, Shadrick Kasanda, and four others charged with espionage have been granted K500,000 bail each by the Lusaka High Court.

The five who have been in detention since August this year, were on Tuesday granted the application for constitutional bail .

Justices Charles Zulu, Ruth Chibbabbuka and Situmbeko Chocho in their ruling ordered the accused to surrender their passports and warned them not to interfere with witnesses as they enjoyed temporal freedom.

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This is in a matter in which Mahogany Air Chief Executive Officer, Jim Belemu, businessman Sedrick Kasanda, Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA) Police commanding officer Robson Moonga, State Security officer Francis Mateyo and commercial pilot Patrick Kawanu linked to the gold scandal at the airport pleaded not guilty to Espionage.

Kasanda is also facing a second charge of fraudulent dealing with metals or minerals contrary to Section 289 of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.

It is alleged that on August 13, 2023, Kasanda jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown, allegedly did dispose of minerals with intent to defraud an Egyptian, Michael Adel Michel Botros.

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