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Defence wants charges against TRA official, 5 other accused in money laundering case dropped

11th August 2010
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Defence in a money laundering case facing six people, including Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) accountant Justice Katiti, on Monday asked the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court to dismiss the charges and acquit all the accused persons.

The plea was made by defense lawyer Hudson Ndusyepo before presiding resident magistrate Aloyce Katemana on grounds that the charges against the accused were erratic.

Ndusyepo told the court that there was an error in the way the charges were presented in court; therefore it was unlawful to continue prosecuting his clients.

Prosecution, led by principal resident magistrate Fredrick Manyanda, asked the court for more time to go through the submission before giving its response. The court accepted the application and adjourned the case to August 19, this year.

Other accused persons in the case are Fortunatus Muganzi, Robert Mbetwa, former Barclay’s employee Godwin Paulla, Gidion Otullo and an employee of Tourism Promotion Services (Tanzania) Limited Company Joseph Rutto.

They are charged with several counts of conspiracy to stealing 338,935,337.46/- from Barclays bank, forgery and money laundering between September 29 and October 6 in 2008 in Dar es Salaam.

Prosecution told court that on the same dates Rutto and Paulla forged bank transferring forms, showing that Tourism Promotion Services Company had paid the said amount of money to East Africa Procurement Services Limited as payment for furniture, something which was false.

Katiti is charged with forging a document showing that the same company had paid its revenue tax.

Katiti together with Muganzi, Mbetwa, Otullo and Paulla are jointly charged with transferring the money from the CRDB bank to Barclays bank and Kenya Commercial Bank.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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