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High Court Judge Ruth Chinangwa has adjourned the case involving Mapeto David Whitehead and Sons executives to June 15 this year.

According to Director of Public Prosecutions Steven Kayuni, parties to the case met on Tuesday for directions on the trial of the case.

“The honourable High Court convened for directions on the Mapeto case trial and the court has given us 14 days to iron out all the issues and then, after that, we will put all the issues before the court for the court’s determinations and directions. The court will then set down all the days for hearing of the matter,” he said.

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However, Chinangwa cautioned the State and defence not to delay trial, expressing concern that prolonged trial may be negatively affected by the death of witnesses as well as random change of testimonies by witnesses.

Chinangwa added that the court has a lot of cases going on, such that unnecessary delays might result in trial of the case commencing in March next year.

The Mapeto executives include Faisal Gaffar Latif, Mohamed Gaffar, Abdul Rashid Bakali, Yaseen Muhamad and Martin Mpata, all of whom were arrested in May 2021 for various tax offences.

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Later, two MRA officials, namely George Mwaluka and Tsepiso Kaunda, were implicated in the case.

Mapeto is, among other things, alleged to have concealed 246 bales of Java Wax fabric, 5,300 bales of mixed rolls of fabric, tyres and bales of second-hand clothes.

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