14 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Immigration Officers Freed

Two immigration officials, who were jailed for stealing cash and jewellery worth US$40 000 from a suspected human trafficker after threatening him with deportation, have been released on bail pending appeal.

Godfrey Kondo (42) and Fenia Aisam were slapped with a five-year jail term each but were yesterday granted US$200 bail pending appeal.

Harare magistrate Ms Olivia Mariga last week sentenced Kondo and Aisam to five years in jail each but two years were suspended on condition they restitute US$20 000. Another one year was suspended on condition of good behaviour. In granting the two bail, Ms Mariga also ordered them to reside at their given addresses.

The pair notified the court of their intention to appeal against both conviction and sentence at the High Court.

Charges against Kondo and Aisam arose when the duo went to the director of Boggle Enterprises, Muhammad Shabbir's house in October last year after receiving reports he was involved in human trafficking. On arrival, they requested to see Shabbir before they were told he was in Pakistan. The pair demanded to see Zohaib Shabbir, his two children and brothers-in-law's passports before they were told they were in the custody of a lawyer. Afterwards, Zohaib brought two passports, that were inside an ice cream box containing $25 000, a pair of gold earrings, 12 gold bangles and a gold necklace.

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