Kitwe businessman and Hetro Mining proprietor, Shawi Fawaz, was today acquitted of the charge of theft of motor vehicle because there was no evidence linking him to the offence.
Fawaz has, however, remained in police custody because he is facing another motor
vehicle theft offence in another court, which is unbailable.
Lusaka High Court Judge, Japhet Banda, acquitted Fawaz and his co-accused, Justin
Phiri but three other accused persons, Kelvin Katambika, Humphrey Mwiya and Teddy
Kapisa Phiri have been found with a case to answer.
The five were charged with one count of theft of a motor vehicle, Isuzu KB, registration number ABD 8667, a cell phone and two suits, all valued at K183 million.
They were alleged to have been armed with a firearm, and used actual violence to
prevent or overcome resistance from the owner.
“I find that no evidence connects the two accuse, A4 (Fawaz) and A5 (Phiri Justin)
to the offence,” he said and acquitted them.
Judge Banda has since adjourned the case for the three to defend themselves to June
Fawaz said after he was acquitted today that he was happy that justice had prevailed
but added that his joy was not absolute as he was still facing another case of motor
vehicle theft in another court.