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Immigration officers, 17 Chinese in court

EIGHT Immigration Officers and 17 Chinese nationals appeared before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam yesterday facing six counts of conspiracy, furnishing false information, leading organised crimes and fraudulent scheme on labour matters.

Before Principal Resident Magistrate Huruma Shaidi, other charges against the accused persons were engaging in occupation without permit, aiding and abetting commission of offences. The accused persons are Salim Al-Amry, Fredrick Kumalija, George Elikana, Bhoke Mwita, Fatuma Songoro, Kelvin Ponela, Robert Mkini and Revocatus Mugisha, who are all immigration officers.

The Chinese involved into trial are Bo Song, Liu Yunley, Chan Chao Hui and Fu Zeng, alias Wang. Others are Wu Hai Quing, Liang De Qing, Ke Qiu Fang, Jing Jong Lin, Ku Liao, Yan Yan Geng, Chen Ying Gong, Chen Gwan Di, Lin Ben, Rui Guo, Lin Xiungqui, Chen Fa and Wan Li.

They were not allowed to plead to the counts because they are charged under the Economic and Organised Crime Control Act. Magistrate Shaidi adjourned the case to tomorrow when he will give his ruling following completing submissions on validity of the certificate of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to object bail to the accused persons on safety and public interests, among other grounds.

The prosecution, led by two Senior State Attorneys Shadrack Kimaro and Patrick Mwita, told the court that between June 1, 2017 and May 17, 2018 the accused are alleged to have conspired to commit an offence under the Non-Citizens (Employment Regulations) Act No. 1 of 2015.

Such offence, according to the prosecution, relates to furnishing false information for the purpose of procuring work permits. Within the same period, all accused persons knowingly furnished false information to the Labour Commissioner for the purpose of securing the work permits.

Bo Song was charged alone on the count of engaging in occupation without being in possession of a valid resident permit. The prosecution claims that the Chinese committed the offence within the same period when he engaged himself in occupation in the United Republic of Tanzania.

The eight immigration officers were also charged with one joint count of aiding and abetting Bo Song to engage in occupation within Tanzania, while he had no valid document allowing him to do so.

 It is alleged that between June 1, 2017 and May 17, 2018, jointly and together, all accused persons intentionally organised and managed a criminal racket by aiding, abetting and furnishing false information for the purposes of procuring work permits and resident permits.

The prosecution also charges that all the accused persons, with intent to defraud, by means of false pretences and purporting they qualify to be issued with resident and work permits, knowingly aided and obtained such documents from the Immigration Department and Labour Commissioner.

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Author: FAUSTINE KAPAMA

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