Chiluba’s wife in court today

Regina being escorted by police officers

The case in which Regina, wife of former president Fredrick Chiluba, is appealing against her jail sentence for receiving stolen goods kicks off Monday at nine hours.

Three High court Judges will hear the appeal in which  magistrate Charles Kafunda in March 2009 jailed Regina three years and six months after finding her guilty on five counts of receiving property believed to be stolen.

Regina was later granted bail worth K30 million with two working sureties and appealed to the High Court.

But when the matter was supposed to be determined, Judge Hamaundu said that a panel of three judges will be required to handle the case.

Chief resident magistrate Charles Kafunda jailed Regina three years and six months after finding her guilty on five counts of receiving property believed to be stolen.

At the beginning, Rigina was facing six counts of receiving property suspected to have been stolen but was acquitted on count four relating to a motor vehicle.

In acquitting Regina, magistrate Kafunda said the prosecution had failed to establish beyond all reasonable doubt that the said motor vehicle was stolen or unlawfully obtained.

Particulars of the offence were that on a date unknown but between January 1997 and September 30, 2002 in Ndola, Regina failed to account for possession of property on stand number NDO/14 purchased at US $80,000 which was reasonably suspected to have been stolen or unlawfully obtained.

She was on the second count alleged to have failed to account for possession of property known as stand number KIT/643 purchased at US $48,000 cash, money reasonably suspected of having been stolen or unlawfully obtained.

Regina was on the third count alleged to have on a date unknown but between January 1997 and September 30, 2002 in Ndola failed to account for possession of property on stand number KIT/645 purchased at US $60,000 cash.

She was on the fourth count alleged to have failed to account for possession of a motor vehicle Isuzu KB registration number AAT 2603 suspected to have been stolen or unlawfully obtained.

Regina was on the fifth count alleged to have, on unknown dates, but between January 1997 and September 30, 2002 in Ndola received from Frederick Chiluba one Toshiba 61-inch colour television set, serial number 69140018, model No PJ 98 B knowing or having reason to believe that the same had been feloniously stolen or obtained.

On the sixth count, it was alleged that on a date unknown but between January 1997 and September 30, 2002 in Ndola, she failed to account for possession of K474,000,000 cash, which was reasonably suspected of having been stolen or unlawfully obtained.

Magistrate Kafunda sentenced Regina to two years six months simple imprisonment on each count saying they were misdemeanors and three years six months on count five saying it was a felony.

Magistrate Kafunda explained that the sentences would run concurrently meaning Regina would be imprisoned for three years six months.

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