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EPA`s 5bn/- fraud case shelved to next month

24th May 2012
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Rajabu Maranda

The Kisutu Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday adjourned preliminary hearing of a conspiracy, forgery and obtaining over 5bn/- case against former Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) cadre Rajabu Maranda and four other accused to June 25, this year.

Resident Magistrate Ritha Tarimo adjourned the case because a panel of three magistrates supposed to hear the case was having other official duties.

The prosecution side led by State Attorney Arafa Msafiri claimed to the court that the case came for preliminary hearing. Apart from Maranda, who is now serving a five-year sentence after being found guilty of another case, other accused are Esther Komu, Bosco Kimela, Ajay Soman and Jai Somani.

According to the charge sheet, between December 2004 and May 2005, in Dar es Salaam City, the accused – Maranda, Somani and Somani – conspired to commit an offence of obtaining money by false pretences.

On the second count, it was alleged that on December 15, 2004, the accused Maranda with intent to defraud or deceive forged a deed of assignment between Philip Sceman of Societe Alsacinne De Construction De Machines Textiles 146-148 Ruedaboukir 725002 of Paris France and Maulid Kaasa of Liquidity Service Ltd PO Box 3983 of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

It was alleged that, the accused did it purporting to show Maulidi Kaasa of Liquidity Service Ltd was assigned a debt of 5,912,901,643/64 by M/S Societe Alsacienne De Construction De Machines Textiles of Paris, France.

On the third count, it was alleged that, on August 30, 2005 at the bank of Baroda Ltd in Ilala Municipality, the accused Maranda knowingly and fraudulently uttered a forged memorandum of articles of association of Liquidity Service Ltd purporting to show that Thabit Katunda was a subscriber of the said Liquidity Service Ltd. It was further alleged that between September 2 and December 13, 2005, the accused Maranda, Somani and Somani with intent to defraud obtained from the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) 3,975,820,000/- the property of the bank by falsely pretending that Maulid Kaasa Liquidity Service Ltd had been assigned a debt amounting to that sum by M/S Societal Alsacienne De Construction De Machines Textiles of Paris France in consideration for valid received.

On the fifth count, it was alleged that on between September 2 and December 13, 2005 the accused with intent to defraud obtained from BoT a credit of 1,937,081,643/64 by falsely pretending that Liquidity Service Ltd had been assigned a debt amounting to that sum by M/S Societe Alsacienne De Construction De Machines Textiles of Paris, France in consideration for valid received.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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