Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Chinese in alleged bribery case granted bail

Lobatse High Court judge Lot Moroka granted two Chinese nationals, Xiaxing Qui, General Manager of Whitacon, and Xiaming Wang, the Managing Director of China Civil Engineering, P250,000 bail each for having attempted to bribe the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Infrastructure Science and Technology, Carter Morupisi.

The two allegedly offered Morupisi P250, 000 in order for him to assist them complete a government project in Shakawe.

The two were also asked to provide a surety of P100, 000 each and that the sureties should be Botswana nationals, to hand over their travelling documents to the Directorate of Public Prosecution and not to leave the jurisdiction of Gaborone without contacting relevant authorities and to report four times a week to the police of either Central Police Station or Broadhurst Police Station.

He also warned them that they should turn up for every mention and not to commit another crime.
The case had moved to the High Court as an urgent application after Gaborone Chief Magistrate, Lenah Mokibe Oahile, had dismissed two of their bail applications, one of which he dismissed after the state had alleged that the two Chinese nationals had planned to skip bail.

The two accused’s short court appearance was attended by a couple of Chinese nationals who appeared in high spirits after their fellow citizens were granted bail.


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