Blantyre Magistrate Court has heard that three Pakistanis arrested on December 11 2018 when they abducted a five-year-old child Tahil Shail of Asian extract demanded a K3 billion ransom from his parents.
At the openingof the case, the State read a charge sheet which indicates the kidnappers demanded that the boy’s father Mohammed Shail, 34, a Malawian of Asian origin who has a string of businesses in both Blantyre and Lilongwe, to pay a $4 million (about K3 billion) ransom.
The three Pakistanis have been charged alongside their four Malawians accomplices with an offence of kidnapping in order to subject person to ransom contrary to Section 263 of the Penal Code and child trafficking contrary to Section 79 (1) of Child Care, Protections and Justice Act.
The suspects are Hanza Akbar, 23, son in-law of Shail and his accomplices Suleman Khan, 36, Faraza Khan, 24, Shazed Khan, 22, all Malawians of Asian origin, Ibrahim Omar Mataya, 21, Malawian and Fahim Azafer, 30, Lehras Khan, 25 all Pakistanis.
Mataya, who is being represented by lawyer Ambokire Salimu, had his case withdrawn after the State made an application on undisclosed reasons.
The rest of the suspects have pleaded not guilty as their lawyers Fostino Maele and Webster Kosamu asked the court for time to prepare for the trial which chief resident magistrate Simeon Mdeza granted when he adjourned the matter to January 14.
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