Ranti jailed for for corruption

Proprietor of Semyon Holdings Limited, Anuj Kumar Rathi Krishnan has been convicted and sentenced to four years imprisonment with hard labour for corrupt practices.

This is according to a statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) spokesperson Timothy Moono.

Mr Moono said Chief Residents Magistrate Honorable Charles Kafunda convicted Rathi and sentenced him to four years imprisonment with hard labour with effect from 23rd December 2008.

He said Rathi, 46, was indicted jointly with former Zambia National Service(ZNS) Commandant Lt. General Wilford Funjika and appeared in court for corrupt practices with public officers contrary to sections 29 (2)and 41 of the Anti-Corruption Commission Act. No.42 of 1996.

Facts before the court are that between 3rd and 5th of December 2001 at Lusaka, Rathi did corruptly give
15,000 British Pounds Sterlings cash gratification to Lt. Gen. Wilford Funjika as a reward for awarding a contract to Semyon Holding Limited belonging to Rathi.

This was for the supply of Berets, jerseys and rain coats to ZNS, a matter or transaction which concerned the ZNS, a public body.

Mr. Moono said Rathi was given bail by the court which he ignored and absconded to an unknown place. A Bench Warrant was subsequently issued for his arrest on 16th September 2004 by the Magistrate and he was arrested on 22nd December 2008 in Lusaka by officer from the Task Force on Corruption after being on the run for four years.

He said Rathi has since been jailed at Lusaka Central Prison.Honourable Kafunda has also ordered the forfeiture of British Pounds 342,000 equivalent to 2.7 billion to the state, which money was paid by ZNS to Semyon Holding Limited for the Procurement of the uniform.

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