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Mutsvangwa's son will learn his fate today

by Staff reporter
22 May 2024 at 10:07hrs | Views
Today, the High Court is set to deliver a verdict on the bail application of Neville Mutsvangwa, son of Zanu PF spokesperson Christopher Mutsvangwa, who faces charges of illegal foreign currency dealings and money laundering.

Neville's lawyer, Josephine Sande, presented arguments before High Court judge Justice Esther Maremba last Thursday, asserting that Neville, along with co-accused Elias Majachani and Simbarashe Tichingana, is eligible for bail.

Sande contended that the lower court erred in denying Neville bail, highlighting that mere possession of Visa cards does not constitute illegal activity nor evidence of involvement in cash dealings or money laundering. She emphasized that bank cards are owned by the bank, which has the authority to disclose transactions made using the seized cards.

Furthermore, Sande argued that the State's charges of money laundering against Neville and his co-accused lack merit without involvement from the central bank or the Financial Intelligence Unit, which would have scrutinized transactions made with the Visa cards.

Sande asserted that Neville's arrest was intended to facilitate police investigation, stressing that the State has failed to substantiate the essential elements required for charging the accused with money laundering.

She clarified Neville's business operations, stating that he deals with legitimate transactions involving goods purchased for resale within the country. Sande explained that Neville maintains a register of transactions conducted at his office, where clients make payments upon receipt of goods.

Notably, the High Court recently granted US$50 bail to Rangarirai Chimbamba, another individual accused of illegal foreign currency dealings, after he was initially denied bail by a Harare magistrate.

Neville, also the son of Women's Affairs minister Monica, was apprehended following a police raid on his Mt Pleasant residence last week.

Source - newsday
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