ACB nets 2 police officers for soliciting bribes to grant bail

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has arrested two police officers from Ntaja police unit in Machinga for allegedly soliciting money from suspects in order to release them on bail.

According to Senior Public Relations Officer for ACB, Egrita Ndala, Alick Banda and Isaac Soko corruptly solicited various sums of money totaling about K146, 000.00 to facilitate suspects release on bail.

“We received a complaint in 2009 alleging that the two police officers in question were involved in corruption. The bureau investigated the matter and confirmed that indeed the two police officers obtained money from suspects so we arrested them on 4th September 2012,” said Ndala.

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After the two were taken to Machinga Magistrate’s court, they were charged with four counts of corrupt practices by a public officer and two counts of abuse of office contrary to section 24 (1) and 25B (1) of the corrupt practices act respectively.

They have since been granted bail after they paid a bond of K10, 000.00 each, produced two sureties not in cash bonded at K25, 000.00 and have been ordered to report to Machinga Magistrates court once every week on Mondays.

They have also been ordered not to interfere with witnesses, surrender their travel documents to the ACB, and not to leave Machinga without the approval of the Officer-In-Charge of Machinga police station.

The case will go to court on a date to be set by the court.

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