26 April 2008

Tanzania: Four in Court Over Fake Gold

Four Dar es Salaam residents, including popular businessman Muzamil Katunzi and football promoter Jackson Pemba have appeared before the Kisutu resident magistrate's court for allegedly selling fake gold and gemstones.

Katunzi and Pemba, together with a secretary with Muzasha Tours Heavenlight, only identified as Juma, and another local businessman Erast Mabuli are facing charges of falsely obtaining over $240,000 (Sh276 million) from the sale of 100 kilograms of the fake minerals to Doron Kats and Roman Mashair.

However, they pleaded not guilty before principle in charge Sivangilwa Mwangesi. They were given bail out until June 28 when their case will be heard again. Assistant police commissioner Charles Kenyella alleged that the accused committed the crime on June 5 last year in Dar es Salaam. Investigations are still underway.

Meanwhile, five of the 13 suspects accused of killing police constable Godwin Mkumbo and a Mohamed Enterprises clerk Aliasger Saggid during a robbery along Nyerere road last December, have been freed.

Resident Magistrate Pelagia Khaday released Omary Hamis, 42, Abdallah Said, Ramadhan Rajabu, 35, Joseph Yamulya, 49, and Juma Said, 33 after the prosecution dropped charges against the five. The other suspects, still in remand over the same crime are Ibrahim Yusuphu, 41, Simba Aloyce, 31, Rajabu Mohamed, 27, Abdallah Shaban, 33, Hamis Ally, 34, Ally Ramadhan and Ramadhani Said, 32.

The suspected robbers alleged killed the two and stole over Sh48 million belonging to the Mohamed Enterprises Company.

Their case was adjourned to June 25.

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