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Court hands back director of Jandu plumbers to police

THE Kisutu Resident Magistrate's Court in Dar es Salaam yesterday handed back to police custody for further interrogations businesswoman Khairoon Jandu, who is charged alongside three other people with several counts of fraud, money laundering and stealing over 1bn/-.

Principal Resident Magistrate Kassian Matembele issued the handing over order after considering an application by the prosecution advanced by Senior State Attorney Wankyo Simon to allow Khairoon, a Director with Jandu Construction and Plumbers Company Limited to be grilled by police on other crimes.

“The police will grill her for five days starting today (yesterday) over other offences not related to this case, which are pending for investigations,” the trial attorney told the court. The magistrate granted the prosecution's request and ordered the accused person to be brought back to court next Monday.

Other accused persons in the case, which is pending in court are Mohamed Majaliwa (39), the Advocate of the High Court, Ibrahim Sangawe (33), a Manager with Stanbic Bank and Zanabu Tharia (26), who is a house wife.

They are charged with leading organized crime, forgery, uttering false documents, stealing over 1bn/- and money laundering.

Between January and June 2020 within Dar es Salaam, jointly and together, all accused intentionally allegedly furthered the objective of a criminal racket of forgery and stealing.

The court heard that between January 16, 2017 and May 25, 2019 in Dar es Salaam, with intent to defraud, Khairoon, Majaliwa and Sangawe forged the signature of Mr Inderjit Sigh Jandu, purporting it was genuine on extract of minutes of extra ordinary general meeting and on a will.

According to the prosecution, the accused purported to show that Khairoon was appointed the director of Jandu Construction and Plumbers Company Limited and allotted shares, and that the will was genuinely issued by her husband, facts she knew to be untrue.

Within the same period in Dar es Salaam, knowingly and fraudulently, Khairoon uttered the forged documents to Business Registration and Licensing Agency (BRELA). On diverse dates in 2020, all accused persons stole 1,033,860,100/-, the property of Jandu Construction and Plumbers Company Limited.

Sangawe was charged alone with an offence of neglecting to prevent an offence. It is alleged that between 2019 and 2020 in the city of Dar es Salaam, being employee of Stanbic Bank as a Manager, he failed to use all reasonable means to prevent the commission of offence of stealing.

On money laundering, the prosecution alleged that on unknown dates in 2019 and June 2020 in the city, jointly and together, all accused persons acquired the money, while they knew or ought to know that at the time of receipt such money was proceed of predicate offence of stealing.

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