Thursday, April 25, 2013

Court fines 50 Ethiopians for failing to report to immigration

(Apr 25, 2013, (Zambia))--THE Chinsali Magistrates' Court has fined 50 Ethiopians KR400.00 each or in default serve a one and half year imprisonment with hard labour for failing to report to an immigration officer.

Appearing before magistrate Shadreck Chanda for judgment on Friday were Sisa Asefa and 49 others aged between 11 to 37 who stood charged with one count of failing to report to an Immigration officer at Nakonde Border Post contrary to section 12(1) and 51(1) of the immigration and deportation Act number 18 of the Laws of Zambia.

It was alleged that on March 29 this year, 50 prohibited immigrants jointly and whilst acting together, being persons entering Zambia through Nakonde border, failed to report to the Immigration officer as required by law. The court found the 50 prohibited immigrants guilty upon their own admission of guilty and convicted them accordingly.

Passing judgment, magistrate Chanda said the court took note of what the 50 had said in their mitigation, adding that he would have only deported them to their country of origin but that the offence committed was serious as it borders on national security. Read more from Post Zambia »

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