Chinese nationals accused of defiling Luanshya girls freed

The Luanshya Magistrate Court has acquitted four Chinese Nationals who were accused of defiling and indecently assaulting two under-age Zambian girls.

Those acquitted are Zhu Xiang Jin, Hong Liu, Zhang Dailu and Yang Gang Qiang.

The four are employees of 15 MCC, a firm contracted by Luanshya Copper Mine.

In passing judgment, Magistrate Chitundu Nanyangwe says the evidence adduced by the prosecution was not collaborative.

Magistrate Nanyangwe says the case was a catalogue of errors by Police Officers involved in the entire investigations.

She says apart being frivolous, the case was poorly investigated and prosecuted by the state.

Magistrate Nanyangwe in her One-hour-thirty minute judgment says there were a lot of discrepancies by witnesses called by the prosecution.

She further added that the complaint also failed to properly identify the accused.

Magistrate Nanyangwe also observed that the arresting officer in the case failed to properly identify the accused when brought before the courts of law.

She noted that medical evidence availed before the court indicates that one of the minors alleged to have been defiled is actually a virgin.

The magistrate lamented that witnesses presented before the court were not credible as they lied in their testimony.

The four Chinese Nationals who were arrested in November 2011 have been in custody until Tuesday when they walked to freedom.

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