A UK magistrate court has rejected Zuneth Sattar’s application to amend his current bail conditions to be able to travel to Malawi and Dubai.
Sattar a Uk based businessman was arrested upon arrival in UK from Malawi alongside his wife on corrupt allegations.
In his ruling, the court’s deputy district judge Stein, cited seriousness of the alleged crimes as a reason for rejecting the plea.
Three government officials have been named in the investigation report
According to investigations, it transpired that Sattar traveled to Malawi recently to influence the ongoing investigations into alleged state capture level corruption by Malawi and UK governments.
National Crimes Agency NCA which is cooperating with Malawi’s Anti-Corruption Bureau ACB to investigate Satar, believes the suspect was in the country to influence the judicial review case into the arrest of his associate Ashock Nair.
Therefore NCA opposed the application arguing that the trip was aimed at further interfering with the case.
“NCA further believes that Sattar is connected to protests that have been held in the country against ACB director Martha Chizuma,” Judge Stein rules
Meanwhile, Center for Democracy and Economic Development Initiative CDEDI executive director Sylvester Namiwa has requested minister of Homeland Security Jean Sendeza to explain why her ministry failed to initiate an arrest when Sattar visited Malawi
In an interview Namiwa also requested Anti-Corruption Bureau ACB to update Malawians on the progress of corruption investigations against zuneth satar.
“Malawians are anxiously waiting for the said information hence it is unfair for them to be following the issue from London,” Namiwa
ACB instituted investigations against Satar after he was implicated in alleged corrupt practices relating to contracts of awarding military and police procurement of armored personnel carriers, food rations and water cannons between 2019 and 2021.