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Chinese businesswoman in court

Story by Fungai Jachi, Courts Reporter

Chinese businesswoman, Li Song who was arrested by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) on allegations of tax evasion is expected to appear in court this Friday.

Song is accused of evading duty on chemicals she allegedly imported last year, particularly sodium cyanide and hydrated lime.

The state alleges that sometime last year, Song made an application to the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) for some rebates to import sodium cyanide and hydrated lime.

The application was reportedly approved by ZIMRA under the name of a company she was a co-director until March 2022.

Further allegations are that the accused went on to import consignments of the chemicals from Mauritius when she had already left the company, hence defrauding ZIMRA.

As a result of the misrepresentation, it is alleged that Song did not pay duty for the said consignment and did not deliver the chemicals to the company whose name was used to import them.

She is expected to make her initial appearance for placement on remand this Friday after she was referred back to the station when she went for vetting at the Harare Magistrates Court.

Meanwhile, in another case, a suspected fraudster, Shingai Levison Muringi aged 32 who is the General Manager at LKH Petroleum is back in court on fresh fraud charges involving US$50 000 hardly two days after he was arraigned in court on another charge of fraud involving over US$100 000.

Muringi allegedly violated a court order which barred him from selling a car which was an exhibit in a fraud case he was accused of money laundering.

He was remanded in custody to next week for bail consideration.

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