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Neville Mutsvangwa approaches High Court for bail application

By Staff Writer

SON to Zanu-PF top members, Christopher and Monica Mutsvangwa, Neville approached the High Court Friday seeking to obtain bail.

He is represented by top lawyer Josephine Sande who has since submitted that the state has failed to prove a case against the 44-year-old Harare businessman and his co-accused.

Sande contends that the magistrate court erred by denying bail to Neville and his co-accused Elias Majachani and Simbarashe Tichingana, who are facing charges of dealing in foreign currency, trading in cash and money laundering.

She said the state was establishing its evidence on Visa cards which were seized from Neville’s Mt Pleasant home.

In her submissions before High Court judge, Justice Esther Maremba, Sande argued that possession of Visa cards is not illegal and is also not evidence that someone is dealing with cash or money laundering.

“I submit that mere possession of bank cards is not proof enough that someone is dealing in cash. It is not even illegal,” Sande urged.

Sande said bank cards are properties of the bank which has authority to disclose transactions undertaken using the seized cards.

She said there was no way the state would charge Neville and his co-accused with money laundering charges without the involvement of the Central Bank or the Financial Intelligence Unit which would have raised suspicions on the transactions using the Visa cards.

The High Court will hear the matter next Wednesday

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