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Prosecution amends charges in terrorism case at Dar court

The prosecution in the terrorism case facing Jihad Swalehe yesterday amended some charges by putting the concept of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).

This happened after the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court withdrew the charges facing the accused.

Senior Resident Magistrate Emilius Mchauru dismissed the charges for lack of the said concepts as required.

Led by State Attorney Peter Njike, the prosecution read the amended charges again after enclosing the concept.

Swalehe is facing charges of conspiracy, promoting and facilitating the commission of terrorist acts contrary to section 22 (1), (a), (ii) of the Prevention of Terrorism Act number 21 of 2002.

The accused is alleged to have committed the offences between March 21, 2013 and June 2, 2014 at unknown locations within Dar es Salaam.

It was alleged that during the period, Swalehe conspired with unknown persons to promote and facilitate the commission of terrorist acts in violation of the 2002 Prevention of Terrorism Act.

It was further alleged that in the same period and at the same place, the accused through social media (facebook) communicated with Nero Saraiva and other persons (not identified). 

He sought material, financial and technical support for the purpose of planting explosives at undisclosed locations in neighboring Kenya, it was further alleged. 

The accused were not allowed to enter any plea because the Kisutu court does not have any jurisdiction over such cases that must be handled by the High Court.

The case was therefore adjourned until February 2, this year as its investigations were still going on.


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Tanzania: Two appear in Dar court over Tegeta escrow account saga

Two people yesterday appeared before Kisutu Resident Magistrates’ Court in Dar es Salaam yesterday in connection with the saga over the Bank of Tanzania Tegeta escrow account scandal.

They are Rugonzibwa Mujunangoma, Director of Legal Services in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development and Theophill Bwakea, Principal Engineer of the Rural Energy Agency (REA).

They were charged with committing corrupt transactions contrary to section 15 (1) of Combating of Corruption Act No. 11/2007.

Leading the prosecution was Leonard Swai from the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) who was assisted by Max Ari. The case came up before Senior Resident Magistrate Emmilius Mchauru.

It was alleged that Mujunangoma committed the offence on February 5, 2014 at Mkombozi Bank house within Ilala District.

On the material day, it was further alleged, the accused corruptly obtained 323,400,000/- through his account number 00120102602001, which was part of the Tegeta Escrow Account. 

The court was told that the accused received the money from James Rugemalira, a Private International Consultant and director of VIP Engineering and Marketing and former director of Independent Power Tanzania Ltd (IPTL).

It was alleged that the money was given to him as a reward for handling IPTL affairs as a provisional liquidator.

The other accused, Bwakea, appeared before Senior Resident Magistrate Frank Moshi. Led by Swai, the prosecution alleged that he committed the offence on February 12, 2014 at Mkombozi Bank House within Ilala Municipality.

Swai told the court that on that day Bwakea corruptly obtained 161,700,000/- through his account number 00410102643901 from Rugemalira. 

He further alleged that it was a reward for being among members who prepared a policy allowing the private sector to produce and sell electricity to the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO).

All the accused pleaded not guilty and were release on bail after meeting the conditions. 

Bwakea was ordered to bring two sureties from the government or any recognised institute to sign a bond of 25m/- each. In addition, he is not allowed to travel outside Dar es Salaam without the court’s permission.

Magistrate Moshi also ordered Bwakea not to conduct any transaction from his account until the case is over.
Investigations into the case are complete and its preliminary hearing is slated for January 29 this year.

The court further ordered Mujunangoma to bring two sureties from the government or public service to sign a bond of 10m/- each.
He was also ordered to deposit half of the money he is accused of or a title deed with the same value.

In addition, Magistrate Mchauru ordered the accused not to travel outside Dar es Salaam without a court permit. 

The prosecution asked the court to freeze the bank account of the accused. However, court ordered prosecution to make the request in a formal application.


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Jackie Chan's son Jaycee jailed for drug offence in China

Jaycee Chan, the son of action film star Jackie Chan, has been jailed for six months for a drug offence.

Chan, 32, pleaded guilty in Beijing's Dongcheng District Court to "sheltering others to use drugs".

Police raided his home in August and found more than 100g of marijuana. He faced a maximum sentence of three years.

His arrest came amid a drug use crackdown in China which saw several celebrities arrested.

In June 2014, President Xi Jinping ordered police to use strong measures to stop drug use.

This confession from the son of one of China's most famous actors underlines a key message from the Chinese government: no-one is immune from China's crackdown on illegal drugs, reports the BBC's Celia Hatton in Beijing.


Chan and Taiwanese movie star Kai Ko, 23, were both detained at his Beijing home in August, with police saying they tested positive for marijuana. Mr Ko was released after a 14-day administrative detention for drug use.

But Jaycee Chan was put under "criminal detention" for the additional and more serious crime of "providing a shelter for others to abuse drugs", Beijing police said at the time.

He told the court on Friday that when police came to his house "I just gave them information and I confessed because I didn't know how to deal with the marijuana".

Chan was also fined 2,000 yuan ($322; £213), reports said.

Jackie Chan, who was named an official "Narcotics Control Ambassador" by Chinese police in 2009, has said he felt "ashamed" and "sad" over his son's behaviour.

Source: BBC News (09/01/2015)

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