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Human trafficking case bail ruling today

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Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrate (CRM) Madalitso Chimwaza Tuesday reserved her bailing ruling to today in a case where three people, two police officers and an immigration officer, are accused of aiding and abetting human trafficking.

The three appeared before Chimwaza where they denied the charge.

The CRM, reading out the charge, said between June and August this year, the suspects with others in Lilongwe were engaged in illegal acts in assisting a person who was trafficked to an unspecified destination in Dubai through Kamuzu International Airport.

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The suspects, who were brought before the court, are Happiness Nkhoma, Manase Nyirenda and Kiliyoni Kathakamba.

The three, who were arrested on Monday, applied for bail but State prosecutor Cecilia Zangazanga protested the application.

“They are flight risks and they are also influential in society and we have reports that they have been interacting with others outside their jurisdiction,” Zangazanga said.

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She also told the court that the State would parade seven witnesses once the matter is ready for trial.

The three suspects are among eight people, a medical officer at Kamuzu Central Hospital, another police officer and a person who allegedly operates an illegal employment agency in Mangochi, who are implicated in the syndicate.

Minister of Homeland Jean Sendeza last week bemoaned the increase in human trafficking cases, stressing that currently, 40 people are struggling in Oman despite being promised good jobs.

Police records indicate that Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa and Oman are the most preferred destinations.

This year alone, 71 victims have been rescued out of which 31 are children. Records further show that at least 70 cases concerning human trafficking have been concluded in the country’s courts

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