5 face assault charges



Five Zambians of Indian origin yesterday pleaded not guilty to assaulting Police and immigration officers on duty.

Jashir Singh Jr, 22, of Roma Township and four others denied the charge of beating the officers on duty.

Singh jr, Joshi Siddharth Kishor, Naidu Moonakala Logendra, Naidu Kumaren and Naidu Ramakrishna told the court that they understood the charge but they did not beat up the officers.

They said the allegations levelled against them were mere speculation  meant to damage their reputation.

Magistrate Munalula Mubita adjourned the case to November 9 for commencement of trial.

In another court, a 29-year-old Syrian national yesterday appeared in the Lusaka Magistrates Court on charges of smuggling persons contrary to the Anti-Human Trafficking Act.

Suleman Hamdan, a chef of plot 149 ,Makeni, Lusaka, is accused of smuggling an Iraqi national Ezair Jawi Mohamed into and out of Zambia.

Hamdan, who appeared before Magistrate Muzambilika Simwatachela, could not take plea due to the absence of the magistrate in charge.

It is alleged that Hamdan, acting together with other persons unknown, between August and September this year participated in smuggling the Iraqi national in and outside Zambia, an act which was illegal.

Hamdan is expected to appear in court soon for his plea.