Zimbabwe Mines Boss Henrietta Rushwaya will spend 2 more nights in custody after a Harare Magistrate Ngoni Nduna who heard her case reserved ruling in the case in which the state wanted to withdraw its consent against Rushwaya till Friday 30 September, The Herald reports
The state yesterday had submitted a consent in which it was proposing that Rushwaya bails $90 000 bail and submits title deeds to her lawyer’s house and surety before the magistrate said he wanted to hear more on the case.
However this afternoon the state made a u-turn and sought to withdraw the consent citing they had reason to believe Rushwaya might be part of an organised crime syndicate. The state stated that:
This is an organised plan to commit crime in the manner in which the execution of the offence was carried out.
When the accused person approached the exit point, the closed circuit television (CCTV) that mans that area were switched off and her clearance took four minutes from the time she arrived at the airport
The net of the syndicate is actually wider hence upon taking note of that, we have enlarged the scope of the investigation and we expect more suspects to be brought to court tomorrow.
There is also evidence that was availed to the effect that the accused tried to bribe two officers who had discovered the offence,
The net is wider than earlier thought. Hence the decision to withdraw the consent. Additionally, the source where the gold was obtained and its intended destinations are now part of investigations
Rushwaya’s lawyer opposed the state’s application and said:
…The State did not furnish the court with reasons why the State had conceded to bail yesterday…
Mr Nduna will rule on the matter on 30 October.