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Former Zimbabwe finance minister denied bail, detained until next court hearing

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A high court in Zimbabwe has ordered the detention of ousted former Zimbabwe finance minister Ignatius Chombo who is facing charges of corruption that allegedly took place 20-years ago.

The magistrate who denied Chombo bail stated that he will be in jail until his case is heard on Dec 8. The magistrate also said he arrived at the decision of his detention because the former minister could abscond, influence state witnesses or be the target of a mob attack over the allegations leveled against him.

Read also: Former Zimbabwe Finance Minister slapped with corruption charges

However, Chombo’s lawyer, Lovemore Madhuku, told reporters that he would appeal the magistrate’s ruling in the High Court on Tuesday.

“We are hopeful that the High Court will show independence,” Madhuku said.

Chombo was slammed with charges of corruption and abuse of power related to his earlier tenure as minister of local government, public works and urban development.

The former minister who is believed to own more than 100 properties in Zimbabwe alone was arrested by masked gunmen on November 15, the day Zimbabwe’s army seized control of the state.

 

 

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