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Prosecution brings new charges against accused

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    Prosecution brings new charges against accused
    By The Citizen Reporter

    A suspect in one of the Sh133 billion External Payment Arrears (EPA) account cases, Mr Jonathan Munisi, was yesterday joined in another case after the prosecution quashed earlier charges.

    The move was taken after the prosecutor, State Attorney Grace Msafiri, substituted a charge against businessman Japhet Lema who was facing the Sh2.6 billion EPA fraud charge, and joined Munisi in the case.

    Reading the new charge, the prosecutor alleged that the two suspects stole Sh2.6 billion from the EPA account of the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) through a local company called Njaki Enterprises.

    They denied the charge at the Kisutu Resident Magistrates� Court before senior resident magistrate Euphemia Mingi. The court granted them bail on condition that each deposits Sh500 million cash or a title deed to immovable property worth that sum.

    Unlike Mr Lema, Mr Munisi returned to Keko remand prison since he was charged alone last December after failing to deposit Sh1.3 billion worth of title deeds.

    Yesterday, Mr Munisi again failed to meet the reduced bail condition and was taken back to the remand prison. The case will come up for mention on March 25.

    Meanwhile, it was learnt that investigations into the murder case facing a young Indian couple have not been completed yet.

    Inspector of Police Emma Mkonyi told Kisutu resident magistrate Eva Nkya yesterday that the investigations were still going on. He therefore asked for another mention date and magistrate Nkya set it on March 25.

    The couple, Vinoth Praveer Nadhesan and Komal Bhupenda, were charged with the murder of Abdulbasit Abdallah,21.

    The accused, both aged 23, are still in remand prison because of the nature of their case.

    They are alleged to have committed the offence on February 6 on Kipata Street, Gerezani area, within Ilala district in Dar es Salaam.

    Both were arrested at the Julius Nyerere International Airport on February 9 as they were about to board a flight.

    Police said they were prevented from doing so at the time that the body of the deceased was found in a suitcase which was in an abandoned car.

    It was alleged that Mr Praveer and the deceased were business partners.