15 February 2013

Zambia: Van Eeden Granted Bail

THE Kabwe High Court has granted a KR15, 000 (K15 million) cash bail to 74-year-old Mkushi farmer accused of causing the death of 51 people in last week's road traffic accident in Chibombo.

The court has also ordered that the accused, Abraham Van Eeden, surrenders his passport and should report himself to the nearest police station every after two weeks.

This was after defence lawyers from Kabesha, Woods and Company appealed to the High Court against Principal Resident Magistrate John Mbuzi's decision to deny the accused bail.

Mr Mbuzi had rejected an application for bail on grounds that the accused was facing a grave offence.

The accused while driving a Toyota Land Cruiser registration number ABH 2214 is alleged to have

caused the death of 51 people by dangerous driving contrary to the Laws of Zambia.

In granting the bail, Kabwe High Court Judge Eddie Sikazwe said the accused should have two working sureties in the sum of KR5,000 each.

Mr Kabesha said he was happy with the ruling.

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