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Ahmed Chunara granted bail

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Senior Resident Magistrate Florence Msekandiwana Wednesday granted bail to businessman Ahmed Chunara on condition that he paid a cash bond of K10 million and produced two sureties of K50 million each non-cash bond.

The Prestige Import and Export owner was arrested on Monday over his alleged involvement in the importation of 60,000 tonnes of cement duty-free using former President Peter Mutharika’s Taxpayer Identification Number.

During his time as President, Mutharika was eligible of importing items for personal use duty free as stipulated in the President’s Salaries and Benefits Act. His security aide Norman Chisale was also arrested in relation to the same cement importation issue.

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When Chunara appeared in court, one of his lawyers Powell Mkhutabasa said considering that his client’s co-accused Norman Chisale was granted bail in the same case, the businessman was also supposed to be considered for bail on the same conditions.

Later, Mkhutabasa said he was happy that his client had been granted bail.

“Basically, the State came to inform the accused person the reason why he was being detained. When he was informed, we made an application for his release and he was released on conditions that he is supposed to pay a sum of K10 million and surrender his travel documents, among other things. The conditions are similar to those imposed on Chisale,” he said.

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Chisale is still in custody as he was re-arrested on attempted murder charges in relation to the shooting of a woman in Chimwankhunda Township in Blantyre. He is being remanded at Chichiri Prison.

While Chisale arrived at the court in handcuffs with heavy security, Chunara—whose case has been adjourned to August 26—had his hands free from any shackle.

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