Court fines 23 prohibited immigrants
Chinsali, May 31, 2013, ZANIS… Eight Pakistan and four
Bangladesh nationals charged with one count of unlawful entry into
Zambia have been convicted and fined KR3, 000 each or in default
six months simple imprisonment.
And magistrate Chongo Musonda has also fined 11 Ethiopian nationals KR
1,000 each for a similar offence.
Appearing before the Chinsali subordinate court yesterday, were 12
prohibited immigrants of Pakistan and Bangladeshi aged between 20 and
32 years old who stood charged with one count of failing to report to
the Immigration officer at Nakonde border post.
It is alleged that on 17 March ,2013 the 12 prohibited immigrants
jointly and whilst acting together being persons entering Zambia did
fail to report to the Immigration officer contrary to section 12(1)
and 51(1) of Act number 18 of 2010 of the Immigration and Deportation
Act of the laws of Zambia
The court found the 8 Pakistan and 4 Bangladeshi nationals guilty of
the offence upon their own admission of guilt and convicted them accordingly.
Magistrate Musonda said the court had taken into consideration all
that the 12 prohibited immigrants had said in their mitigation but
that the crime committed attracts a maximum sentence of five (5) years
and not less than two (2) years imprisonment or not exceeding a fine
She said cases of this nature had of late been on an increase in the
country which is a cost on the part of the government.
In mitigation, the 12 convicted persons asked the court to exercise
leniency on them saying they were remorseful for what they did.
And magistrate Chongo Musonda has also fined 11 Ethiopian nationals
for committing a similar offence of illegal entry.
This is in a matter in which 11 prohibited immigrants stood charged
with one count of illegal entry into Zambia contrary to Section 11 (1)
(2 ) and 56 (1) of Act number 18 of 2010 of the Immigration and
Deportation Act of the laws of Zambia, which they committed on 23 March, 2013.
Passing judgment magistrate Musonda said she has heard what the
convicts had said in their mitigation.
She added that the court was convinced that the 11 convicts were
remorseful for what they did adding that they were indeed being driven
by survival instincts to search for greener pastures.
Magistrate Musonda has since ordered the 11 convicts to pay a fine of
KR1, 000 each to be paid on or before 30 June this year failure or serve serves six months simple imprisonment.