... Huyu fisadi hakuna aliyemgusa kufuatia kashfa ya Rada, na yeye akatumia mwanya huo labda kwa kusaidiwa na mafisadi wenzie aliowakatia bulungutu akiwemo fisadi Mkapa kutoroka. Na si ajabu hakwenda popote! Radar suspect still at large, court told By Rosina John THE CITIZEN Shailesh Pragji Vithlani, the prime suspect in the $39,972,450 (about Sh45 billion) radar rip-off, has not been arrested yet. This was revealed by a prosecutor from the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB), Mr Benny Lincoline, in a Dar es Salaam court on Tuesday. Vithlani, who disappeared mysteriously last year amid investigations about the controversial radar deal, is believed to be hiding in an offshore country in Europe. Mr Lincoline told the principal resident magistrate of the Kisutu resident magistrate?s court, Mr Sivangilwa Mwangesi, that efforts to find and arrest the suspect were still going on. Therefore the prosecutor requested the court to set another date for mention, pending the arrest of Vithlani. The case was adjourned to March 25, this year for mention. Businessman Vithlani faces three counts including that of giving false information to the PCCB about the radar purchase. According to the charge sheet of the case that was filed on September 30 last year, in the first count, the accused is alleged to have lied to the PCCB about the actual cost of the radar. In the affidavit, the businessman claimed that Envers Trading Corporation was owned by two proprietors, Pablo J. Espino and Adelina M. Estriby. Envers Trading is a company that received kickback payments of 31 percent of the total radar price amounting to US$ 12,391,459.50 (about Shl4.25 billion) for the purported ?consultancy? commission during the transaction. On the second count, it was alleged that, on July 28 year 2006 at the same court while under affirmation, the accused gave false testimony in the mutual assistance proceedings. It was alleged that he said he was paid by British Aero Space system (BAe system) only US$ 390,000 (about Sh?), equivalent to one percent. This was payment for consultancy services he had rendered during the deal. In the third count it was further alleged that on December 27, 2006 at Sea Cliff Hotel in Kinondoni district, the accused informed one Kassim Ephrem, a senior PCCB officer, that he was paid only one per cent of the total radar cost. But to his knowledge this information was false and was intended to jeopardize the investigation which was being carried out by PCCB, it was further alleged.