Regina’s case adjourned to unknown date

Regina and husband

Regina and husband

Three judges will hear the appeal case by wife of former president Fredrick Chiluba, Regina.

Fides Hamaundu, the judge who was scheduled to hear the matter Monday morning instead told parties  to the case that the appeal hearing will only commence when the team of judges has been set up.

The matter was adjourned to a date that will only be communicated when the three judges are selected.

On March 2, 2009, Regina was sentenced to three-and-a-half years imprisonment by a magistrate court.

Chief resident magistrate, Charles Kafunda, jailed Regina after he found her guilty on five counts of failing to account for properties suspected to have been stolen.

She spent a few day in jail but was saved by her lawyers who appealed to the High Court. The magistrate court on March 6 2009,  granted Regina a 10 million Kwacha bail with two working sureties and immediately set her free from prison.

When he convicted her, Magistrate Kafunda said there was enough evidence that Regina failed to account for the said properties during her defence, which he described as inconsistent.

This was in a case in which Regina was facing three counts of failing to account for properties involving US$188,000 suspected to have been stolen or unlawfully obtained, and one count of failing to account for a motor vehicle in her possession.

The other charges were receiving a Toshiba 61-inch colour television set suspected to have been felonious stolen or obtained and failing to account for cash amounting to K474 million suspected to have been stolen.

Mr Kafunda said the whole financial arrangement of Regina’s businesses was designed to operate in a maze of accounts for purposes of disguising other money which came in her possession.

He said although Regina indicated that she was running a number of businesses involving cash, it was more important for her to have been transparent in her transactions than giving casual explanations without any proof.

The magistrate said her businesses appeared to have been a platform for transactions of trapping money laundering, acts which could cause serious injuries to the proper functions of the economy as funds from such schemes had a tendency of creating distortions in the economy.

On the television set, Mr Kafunda said the act of redirecting it from its owners, the Government, to Regina, a private person, amounted to theft as the television set was taken with the intention to deprive the Government.

He said the accused knew she was not entitled to retaining the television set because she was not married to Dr Chiluba then.

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