COURT SEEKS ANSWERS ON DEPORTATION OF ZAMBIAN FACING SH170 MILLION GOLD FRAUD CHARGES.

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Zambian national Bupe Chipando before a Nairobi Court./PHOTO BY S.A.N.

BY SAM ALFAN.

A Nairobi Court has summoned the head of transnational crimes at the Directorate of criminal investigations to appear in court to explain how a Zambian facing fraud charges was deported from the country.

Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Benard Ochoi summoned Hamisi Masa, the head of Transnational Crimes in court to explain the circumstances under which Bupe Chipando alias Elena was removed from the country.

The Zambian is charged alongside others with defrauding Dutch rally driver Bernhard Ten Brinke of Sh170.8 million in gold racket.

Bupe was allegedly deported following after he was arrested by Transnational and Organised Crimes detectives from his house in Ruaka.

He was deported on Sunday July 10 this year after Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangí signed his deportation order.

Police and immigration officials said they had investigated the matter and established Chipando was in the country illegally and engaging in criminal activities.

He was charged on May 11 with pretending to be in the gold selling business.

The Zambian national allegedly committed the offence on January 15,2021 in Nairobi. The charges stated that he obtained the millions from Brinke claiming he would sell him 500 kgs of gold.

It is further alleged that he conspired with others and defrauded Brinke by claiming that he was dealing in gold an offence he allegedly committed on diverse dates between September 1 and January 21, 2021.

The court ordered him to deposit a bond of Sh1 million or cash bail of Sh500,000 to secure his release.

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