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Tsvangirai fraud scandal deepens

Zimbabwe Independent "THE fraud scandal in which Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his close relative Hebson Makuvise are accused of misappropriating US$1,5 million in public funds meant to buy a house for the premier in the up-market Highlands suburb in Harare has deepened as new information obtained this week further shed light on the high profile case.
Latest details clearly show that there were two different sums of money released from Treasury and the central bank to buy the same state-owned property, located at No 49 Kew Drive in Highlands.

One part of the amounts — US$1,5 million given to Tsvangirai — was allegedly siphoned off by the premier and Makuvise. A team of detectives from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has opened a criminal docket and are probing the case also being handled personally by Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri."

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In a review judgement handed down by Judge Elton Hoff, Acting Judge Claus Hinrichsen set aside the boy's conviction and sentence and ordered his immediate release from detention.

Judge Hoff agreed with Acting Judge Hinrichsen's decision, which was based on the principle that a child as young as the boy is presumed not to be criminally liable, especially where he had been involved in a crime while under the influence and instructions of a much older person.
The boy was sentenced to six months' imprisonment on October 19, after he had been convicted in the Karasburg Magistrate's Court on a charge of housebreaking with intent to steal and theft."