Mzembi to be placed on wanted persons list in South Africa

The State has sought assistance from Interpol to have former Foreign Affairs minister Walter Mzembi extradited from South Africa.

The International Criminal Police Organization, more commonly known as Interpol, is an international organization that facilitates worldwide police cooperation.

State Prosecutor Brian Vito told court this morning that South African police will be placed on the lookout for Mzembi who is on a warrant of arrest.

If they find him, they are to apprehend him and hand him over to the Zimbabwe Republic Police, Brian said.

“We had not taken this stance as we had believed that he would return as said by the defence counsel which said he was mainly receiving treatment and it does not seem like that is the case,” Vito said.

Vito then tendered a letter which he said State had written to Interpol.

The other two accused persons in the case involving Mzembi are applying for either refusal of further remand or for separation of trial so their matter can be disposed off.

The duo accused the State of holding them at ransom with nothing really materializing from their search of Mzembi.

Trial was set down for July 30 and the court said on the date a trial will commence with or without one of the accused persons being present.

The matter was remanded to May 29 for routine remand.

The three are facing charges of criminal abuse of office and fraud.