Mapeto execs and clearing agents plead not guilty, ask for bail

Faizal Latif

Mapeto David Whitehead and Sons four executives and two clearing agents have denied trying to defraud Malawi government of K252.6 million in tax revenue brought by Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA)

The six appeared in court on Thursday to be charged of three counts; conspiracy to commit customs offenses, interfering with goods under customs  control and trying to utter false documents.

Faizal Gaffar Latif, Mohamed Gaffar, Mohammed Yassen and Zarina Latif; Chimwemwe Tembo,  from Fortune Limited all denied the charges.

Defense lawyer Fostino Maere did ask the court to grant them bail after they applied for it on Wednesday citing their good behaviour to comply with set conditions.

Maere told the court that the executives are on another bail with MRA and no complaint has been registered on violation ad should be considered.

Director of Public Prosecution, Steve Kayuni objected to the application saying the executive have shown them have capacity and capability to commit crime.

Blantyre Senior Magistrate adjourned the matter to Friday at  3pm to give his ruling on the bail application.