SACU summons High Court Judge


The Special Anti-Corruption Unit (SACU) and the police yesterday summoned High Court judge Justice Benjamin Chikowero, for questioning to ascertain what could have informs his decision to grant bail to suspected notorious armed robbers, lead by Musa Taj Abdul,Business Times can report.

The prosecutor, Prosecutor Tapiwa Kasema (45), who did not oppose bail, has since been arrested over allegations of criminal abuse of office and was denied bail by Harare magistrate Ngoni Nduna.

Abdul (47), who had been on the run for close to 20 years was granted bail by judge Chikowero, along with co-accused Godfrey Mupamhanga (27),Rudolf Tapiwa Kanhanga (29) and Douglas Mutenda (31), were granted bail last month.

But, following grave concerns over their release, police brought fresh charges against them before they could post bail money,

They were told to remain in custody pending their remand hearing on the new charges and further investigations.

A well-placed source said the questioning was aimed at bringing to closure circumstances around the awarding of the bail despite overwhelming evidence that Abdul was a potential flight risk.

“The issue of the awarding of a bail to Abdul has been topical and you can see how the police quickly arrested the Prosecutor in the matter. The Police together with SACU are keen to unearth what could have happened hence the invitation extended to the Judge for questioning.

“SACU has strong interest in the matter as there are indications of possible corruption that could have taken place. The Judge was invited for questioning at 10am on Wednesday with a team of SACU and some senior officers from ZRP anti-corruption department,” the source said.

Contacted for comment SACU Head, Thabani Mpofu, said he had not been furnished with a report to that effect. ff

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