Jonso Set To Be Extradited
The government is set to activate the Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Amendment Act to forfeit properties and assets of individuals who flee the country in a bid to escape prosecution for corruption charges.
Fugitives who seek refuge in foreign countries also will now face extradition. Individuals who have been issued with warrants of arrest and have willfully failed to present themselves before the court’s risk having their assets forfeited by the State.
The dragnet will not spare high-ranking Government officials, who now face the possibility of losing properties they surrendered as surety for bail.
Of late, former Government officials such as Walter Mzembi, Saviour Kasukuwere and Godfrey Gandawa have failed to appear before the courts amid rumours they are planning to flee the country.
There are reports that Government is also mulling using diplomatic channels to extradite fugitive former Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo, who is believed to be holed up in Kenya.
He is wanted for a slew of corruption charges stemming from his alleged abuse of millions of dollars from the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund.
Head of the Special Anti-Corruption Unit in the Office of the President and Cabinet (SACU) Mr Tabani Mpofu confirmed the latest developments
“We have accused persons who have absconded; we want to look at enforcing the bail conditions,” said Mr Mpofu.
“And where property has been pledged as part of the bail conditions, we will be engaging the necessary procedures to have the property forfeited by the State. In addition, we will be looking at all available avenues open to us in terms of the law to proceed against accused persons who have wilfully absconded from the jurisdiction of our courts with the view to, where the law permits, forfeit all known property associated with those accused persons to this date..
Also procedures have commenced using bilateral and multilateral relationships to have the accused persons brought to book.”
The Money Laundering Act provides for the Asset Forfeiture Unit — which falls under the National Prosecution Authority (NPA) — to seize all assets accumulated through corruption.
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