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State objects Xavier’s $500,000 demand

CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka
FORMER Zambia Intelligence and Security Services director general Xavier Chungu was legally prosecuted over corruption allegations and he is, therefore, not entitled to reliefs he is seeking.
The State has submitted before the Lusaka High Court that Mr Chungu’s demand for US$500,000 payment as compensation for alleged illegal detention should not be granted to him. “The defendant [State] will aver at trial that the plaintiff is not entitled to any of the claims therein as itemised,” the State submitted in its defence. This is in a case Mr Chungu has sued the State demanding payment of US$500,000 as compensation for illegal detention. He is also seeking an order that the State pays him US$150,000 seized from his Access Financial Services account and an order for the payment of US$37,050 for lost rentals. In 2002, Mr Chungu was arrested over alleged theft of public funds and his assets were seized. In a statement of claim, Mr Chungu said between 2002 and August 15, 2009, he was placed under house arrest. He says he was also remanded in a correctional facility for a cumulative 34 months on allegations of theft of unspecified motor vehicles and theft by public servant. Mr Chungu said each time he was detained by the Taskforce on Corruption and taken to court, the State would enter a nolle prosequi, but later arrest and slap fresh charges on him. He complains that he kept appearing in the subordinate court for three years for mention without taking plea. Mr Chungu, who cited Attorney General Likando Kalaluka, said despite CLICK TO READ MORE



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