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Zambia’s Former President’s Son, Frederick Chiluba Jr Jailed for Stealing a Phone

A court in Zambia sentenced former President Frederick Chiluba’s son to eight months in prison with hard labor for stealing a mobile phone.

The BBC reports that Frederick Chiluba Jr was convicted of stealing a Samsung S7 Egde, valued at $ 843 last year.

The court heard that Chiluba Jr had stolen the phone from a woman, Brenda Chisha, on September 2, 2017, and sold it to her in a notorious slum in the Zambian capital, Lusaka.

In a ruling on Thursday, Lusaka magistrate Nthandose Chabala said she gave Chiluba Jr a custodial sentence as a deterrent for him and other potential criminals.

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She stated that she was satisfied that there was sufficient evidence linking him to the theft of the phone, and that the prosecution had proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt.

Fréderick Chiluba led Zambia from 1991 to 2001. He was prosecuted for corruption and misappropriation of public funds in 2002 but was acquitted after a six-year trial.

In 2007, he was convicted of fraud by a London court and ordered to repay $ 58 million in hijacked funds, but the decision went unanswered.

-With Zambianobserver

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