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Prosecution in Liyumba`s case admits charge sheet is defective
 
2009-05-08 12:42:49
By Correspondent Hellen Nachilongo

The prosecution in the case facing two Bank of Tanzania (BoT) senior officers Amatus Liyumba and Deogratius Kweka-on Wednesday admitted that the charge sheet is defective.

However, the prosecution prayed to the Kisutu Resident Magistrate not to dismiss the case because the charge sheet could be corrected.

Liyumba, former BoT director of personnel and administration and Kweka BoT twin tower project manager stand charged with abuse of office, disobeying statutory orders and occasioning loss of 221,197,299,200.95/-.

Earlier on defence lawyer Prof. Mgongo Fimbo claimed that the charge sheet was defective because it does not show who was paid the money.

Prof. Fimbo said that the charge sheet was signed by a state attorney and not a police officer as required by the law.

``Your honour, this charge sheet is defective. We therefore pray that the case be dismissed and the accused be set free,`` he said.

Principal State Attorney Boniface Stanislaus admitted to court that the charge sheet was defective but said that the law allowed state attorneys to sign charge sheets.
The court will give its ruling on the issue on May 21.

  • SOURCE: Guardian
 
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