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11 Chinese Discharged in Cannabis Case

Eleven Chinese have been discharged by the Chipata Magistrates’ Court in a case where they were charged with unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 6.2 kilogrammes at Eastern Province ZNBC’s construction site near Msekera area.

The eleven Chinese nationals – Ten Mao, 46  (Mechanic), Yu Riping, 41

(Assistant manager), Sun Shengzi, 51 (Shef), Qiang  Xuehua, 51 (Carpenter),

Huang Hongbing, 39 (Carpenter), Jia Yinsheng, 50 (Carpenter), Kue Yunnai, 51 (Carpenter), Tang Zhangechang, 24 (Engineer), Zhang Yijian, 39 (Mechanic), Xu Yihai, 51 (Foreman), Chen Minqiang, 28 (Civil engineer).

The accused were initially 12 but one of them, Qi Jianlong, was fined K2

000 by magistrate Mercy Chabu in January  after he pleaded

guilty to the charge.

 

When the matter came up on Monday for trial, the state applied that the matter be discontinued due to the fact that one accused person, Qi, admitted the offence and left them with insufficient evidence to prosecute the other 11.

 

The state said it needed more evidence and that it could not investigate the matter while the case was still ongoing.

 

And Magistrate Chabu granted the state’s application and discharged the eleven accused persons.

 

“I have taken into consideration the state’s application and I will allow the application although I am not fully satisfied with the reasons for the withdrawal but based on the fact that the matter

requires a further investigation, I cannot deny the application,” she said.

 

Magistrate Chabu also gave back the Chinese their passports.

 

According to facts of the matter regarding the convict presented by public prosecutor Sinjambi Mubita on January 10, 2019, Drug Enforcement Commission officer, on December 7, 2018, received information to the effect that there was a person who was dealing in psychotropic substances at the ZNBC construction site along Msoro road.

 

Mubita stated that acting on the information, DEC officers visited the construction site and found the accused.

 

He stated that Qi was interviewed by DEC officers who uprooted the cannabis plants that the convicted planted before arresting him.

 

Upon his own admission of guilt in court, Qi paid the fine on the same day while eleven others who pleaded not guilty were granted K5, 000 cash bail each.

13 Comments

  1. Chris

    If it was a Zambian arrested in China of the same offence you could have heard that it’s dirth sentence please let’s Steffen our laws of this land

  2. Ba somebody's bae

    Zambia zambia awe!! Tuma china’s what can we say

  3. Naked fact

    If a Zambian is found with one ball weighing less that 100g, he or she is sent to prison for five years. Chinese who have become more important that in Zambia can walk free even when found with 6 kgs of chamba.

  4. FGM

    People on this platform have complained that the law is being selectively applied. Let us be fair to all human beings.

  5. Isaac Patrick

    If it was the Zambians you could hear that jail them for 15yrs now since ni ba Chines national awe sure poverty too much in Zambia

  6. Canon Attorney

    Babagula aba bapombo. The case is gonna die a natural death. If we have good journalists they should keenly monitor developments
    Ati:When the matter came up on Monday for trial, the state applied that the matter be discontinued due to the fact that one accused person, Qi, admitted the offence and left them with insufficient evidence to prosecute the other 11.
    Does that make any sense?

  7. Simpito Mukandwa

    Katwishi mwandini

  8. Dr Fonicks

    Honestly speaking, why have they been discharged? this is a criminal offence. I have a feeling that the highest office in the land has a hand in this judgement. Chinese have almost become untouchables for reasons known by the hirerach. as some people put it, if it was a Zambian caught in China, that could have been a very different story. why is it that our judiciary is compromised when it comes to dealing with Chinese nationals. please apply the law accordingly. this is not fair. bushe tamumfwa insoni ?

  9. enalo

    fresh canabis was grown.what more envidence did our law want. let law prevail.

  10. Tem Bwoy

    What evidence do you need, Fresh cannabis

  11. pk

    Pa zed paba nbushi ba layer.

  12. Kufahakurambwe

    As if it is not hard enough already being looked down on as inferior race to everything not black. Zambians are sickening.

  13. Jah messenger

    What a state of affairs? The state is protecting the Chinese and sending Black people to prison to go and die over 10grams of her! Zambia the country has been clearly sold to China at all levels. Cry my beloved country!

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