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 2010-11-16 04:01 pm Back to NEWS
Cops summon Simeza over ‘conspiracy’
Lusaka lawyer Robert Simeza 

Police have summoned Lusaka lawyer Robert Simeza (left) to help them with investigations in the Sajid Itowala murder case.

Informed sources yesterday disclosed that the police investigations would border around conspiracy to murder Cyclone Hardware proprietor Sajid Itowala.

“The police have summoned Mr Simeza to appear at police headquarters tomorrow—[i.e. today morning]—around 10:00 hours,” the source revealed. “Mr Simeza has been summoned in order for him to help the police with investigations on a possible charge of conspiracy to murder.”

And the source also disclosed that police are looking for former president Frederick Chiluba’s spokesperson Emmanuel Mwamba in connection with the alleged contemptuous anonymous articles published on the Zambian Watchdog discussing Itowala’s murder case, which is before judge Gregory Phiri.

“The police wanted Mr Mwamba to appear today Monday for interviews but his wife told them that he was out of town. So they just left a call-out with Mr Mwamba’s wife,” the source said.

Last week, judge Phiri ordered for a quick and thorough investigation to identify the author and publisher of contemptuous and scandalous articles that have been circulating on Zambian Watchdog on the Mathew Mohan murder trial.

This followed an application by lawyers representing Mohan, Bonaventure Mutale and Likando Kalaluka who asked the court to cite the author and editor of an online publication, Zambian Watchdog, for contempt of court for circulating what they termed to be not only scandalous but also totally prejudicial to the proceedings.

The application was made during the continued hearing of Inktech managing director Mathew Mohan’s case in which he is jointly charged with Idris Patel and Shabia Patel for the murder of Itowala.

It is alleged that the trio last July carried out the alleged crime whilst acting together with others unknown.

Ruling on the application, judge Phiri granted the application saying it was serious contempt of his court.

He ordered that the state through the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) as prosecutors, all security wings and security operators involved in information technology including Zambia Information Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) to investigate the matter.

“Once these people are identified, the police must apprehend them and bring them forthwith to this court so that we purge this contempt,” he said.

Judge Phiri said the offence had been committed long after he warned journalists not to report on hearsay evidence which was rejected by his court and was not put on record.

He also warned all parties who would be involved in the investigations to be truthful and honest.

Judge Phiri advised that any person possessing information technology expertise would be at liberty to present information on the matter to the DPP to make it known on record to his court.

“For now, we leave it as we wait for investigations,” he said.

Judge Phiri asked the lawyers to serve orders to ZICTA to ensure that the order fits in the compliance mechanism as provided in the law.



 
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