‘Kabendera doing well after receiving medical treatment’

02Oct 2019
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
‘Kabendera doing well after receiving medical treatment’

FREELANCE journalist Erick Kabendera (39) who is facing economic sabotage charges yesterday informed the court that he is doing well after receiving medical treatment.

Kabendera said  at  Kisutu Resident Magistrate Court before Senior Resident Magistrate Augustine Rwizile who sought to know about his health condition.

Late last month, the journalist’s lawyers told the court that the suspect is suffering from unknown illness whose symptoms include body weakness, difficulties in breathing and collapsing periodically.

Earlier, State Attorney Wankyo Simon told the court that investigation into the case was not complete.

The suspect’s advocate Jebra Kambole said that Kabendera has been in remand for two months now and that he has health complications, therefore appealing to the prosecution to speed up investigation.

Resident Magistrate Rwizile adjourned the case saying that it will be mentioned on October 11, this year and the suspect will continue to stay in remand.

Kabendera who was arrested on July 29, this year faces charges of money laundering, tax evasion and involvement in organized crime.

According to the prosecution, on diverse dates between January 2015 and July 2019 in Dar es Salaam, and with other persons, the accused knowingly facilitated a criminal racket.

The state further claims that in between 2015 and July 2019, at different places within Dar es Salaam, together with persons who were not at court, they lead organized crime by providing assistance in a conduct of affairs of a criminal racket with intents to reap profit contrary to paragraph 4 (1) (c) and section 57 (1) and 60 (2) of the Economic and Organized Crime Control Act, 2002.

In the second count, contrary to section 105 (a) of the Income Tax Act, 2008, Kabendera in between January 2015 and July 2019 within Dar es Salaam, failed to pay taxes amounting to 173.2m/- to the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA).

Kabendera is also alleged to acquired 173,247,047.02/- in between January 2015 and July 2019 while knowing the said money was the proceeds of a offence—tax evasion and leading organized crime contrary to section 3 (u) and 15 (1) (a) of the Ant –Money Laundering Act, 2006 and sections 57 (1) and 60 (2) of the Economic and Organized Crime Control Act, 2002.

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