Court gives bail to suspects in MRA K10m bribery case, ACB worried with ruling

Written by  Geoffrey Chinawa
The First Grade Magistrate Court in Blantyre has granted bail to three people who are answering charges of trying to bribe a Malawi Revenue Authority-MRA officer with K10m to misplace a file on tax evasion case.
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According to a statement by the Anti Corruption Bureau-ACB, the three suspects Kashif Gilbert, Yousef Nasser and Abbass Nasser were arrested last week in a joint operation, as they were trying to bribe an MRA officer.
Granting bail to the trio, First Grade Magistrate Tsoka Banda said there was need for state to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the three suspects must continue being under detention.
“The first suspect is already on bail in his first case of tax evasion; one of the conditions for that bail is that he has to always inform the Commissioner General of the MRA seeking permission to travel. How can one be seeking permission from his accusers?” Questioned Banda.
Going further with his ruling the presiding magistrate told the first defendant not to leave Lilongwe without prior consent of the Commissioner of Police and that he surrenders all his travelling documents. 
The other two were granted bail on condition that they report to police once every fortnight. They were also told to produce bail bond of K500 000, produce a surety worthy K500 000 and surrender their travelling documents.
Reacting to the ruling ACB prosecutor Mosses Iron expressed disappointment with the ruling. Taking his turn the defense counsel for the trio Wester Kossam expressed satisfaction with the ruling.

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