THE British government has said it is pursuing the Zambian Government’s request for the extradition of former Zambian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Attan Shansonga with State authorities on government-to-government channels.
But the Government has said it did not have any role to play in the London High Court verdict that found second Republican president Frederick Chiluba and seven others liable for the loss of US$46 million.
The British government said Zambia had already recovered, in Belgium and elsewhere, substantial sums of money as a result of the London judgment.
According to a statement issued by the Press and public affairs section of the British High Commission yesterday, it was however the British government’s longstanding policy and practice neither to deny nor confirm that they had received an extradition request unless the subject has been arrested in relation to the request.
“However, because Mr Shansonga was resident in England he fell under the jurisdiction of London courts. He was tried as a defendant in the above case, found liable, and the Zambian authorities subsequently recovered significant sums of money from him,” reads the statement in part.
[Times of Zambia]