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Zombe implicates former DPP Shaidi

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  1. The Farmer

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    Former Director of Public Prosecution Geoffrey Shaidi violated the law governing prisons by allowing an accused person in remand prison to send him letters implicating another remandee in the case through an unofficial channel, the High Court heard yesterday.

    The charges were made by former Dar es Salaam regional crimes officer Abdallah Zombe during cross-examination.

    Zombe, who stands charged alongside nine other police officers with the killings of three Mahenge (Morogoro) businessmen and a taxi driver in Dar es Salaam in 2006, argued that what the former DPP did was wrong, illegal and unethical.

    Three other police officers were acquitted on Monday after the High Court ruled that they had no case to answer.

    In yesterday`s cross-examination, which lasted more than six hours, Zombe said he was charged merely basing on letters from his co-accused.

    He added that, by having dared to collude with inmates to sneak out documents from a prison, Shaidi could have as easily facilitated the escape of inmates.

    ``Some of the former DPP`s decisions were not proper because he once unethically removed his in-law from a case he was facing without following proper procedures,`` Zombe told the court.

    He alleged that at one time Shaidi filed an economic sabotage case against a person who had stolen electrical cables.

    The following is part of what transpired in the cross-examination between State Attorney Alexander Mzikila and Zombe.

    Mzikila: Is it a must for a letter to pass through a prison officer in-charge?

    Zombe: The government has its own procedures and so has the Prisons Department, which does not allow letters from accused persons to leave the (prisons) premises without the officer`s signature or authority.

    Mzikila: I am putting it to you that what you are saying is not true because I am also from the DPP`s office and we have been taking care of letters which have gotten out of prisons without the authority of prisons officers in-charge.

    (He shows Zombe a pile of letters, saying: Please, tell this