By Duncan Mlanjira
The Malawi Police and Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA), in collaboration with Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA), have arrested three businessmen who were attempting to bribe an MRA manager for him to ensure that a case file on tax evasion against two of the accused should go missing.
According to a statement from the ACB released by Senior Public Relations Officer, Egrita Ndala, the three are Kashmir Gilbert, Abbas Nasser and Youssef Abdul Khalil Nassour.
The report says Kashmir Gilbert and Abbas Nasser were assisting Youssef Abdul Khalil Nassour to corruptly give the MRA manager K10 million for the public officer to see to it that the said file of Nassour and other accomplices should go missing.
ACB says the three had travelled to Blantyre from Lilongwe for the intended mission but the MRA manager had already alerted his fellow senior officers who in turn alerted the Police and the ACB.
When the money was handed over, the Police and the ACB arrested the trio. The ACB then recovered the said K10 million.
“Kashmir Gilbert and Abbas Nasser are likely to be charged with aiding and abetting a corrupt practice contrary to Section 35 of the Corrupt Practices Act. Youssef Abdul Khalil Nassour is likely to be charged with corrupt practices with a public officer contrary to Section 24(2) of the Corrupt Practices Act.
“They appeared in court on 12March where they applied for bail. It was not granted after the state objected. They will appear in court again on 13 March for the Magistrates to rule whether they should be granted bail or not after considering arguments from both the prosecution and the defence,” said the statement from ACB.