30 January 2013

Zambia: Ex-Convict Rathi Deported

FORMER convict Anuj Kumar Rathi has been deported to his native country, India.

Mr Rathi, 51, who was jointly tried and imprisoned with former Zambia National Service (ZNS) Commandant Wilford Funjika in 2009 for corrupt practices and abuse of authority of office charges, has been deported after serving four years in jail.

He was the proprietor of Semyon Holdings Limited.

Home Affairs head of public relations Moses Suwali said in a statement yesterday that Mr Rathi was flown back to India on Monday around 15:30 hours from Kenneth Kaunda International Airport aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight to Mumbai via Addis Ababa.

He was deported to India in accordance with section 39, subsection 1 of the Immigration and Deportation Act no. 18 of the Laws of Zambia.

Mr Rathi came to Zambia in 1987, later became director of ITT Supersonic and was given a resident permit in 1991.

Between December 3 and 6, 2001 he gave 15, 000 pounds gratification to Lieutenant General Funjika as a reward for awarding a contract to Semyon Holdings to supply raincoats to ZNS.

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