Ex-Police Chief Chihuri’s case deferred

By Peter Chivhima
FORMER Police Commissioner General, Augustine Chihuri‘s case in which he is facing charges of criminal abuse of office was off to a false start after the High Court deferred the matter to the 9th of February.
The High Court was set for a high profile corruption case in which the state is seeking to recover more than US$32 million and forfeiture of several properties allegedly acquired through corrupt means by the former Police Chief.
The matter has however been postponed for consolidation of several matters into a single case.
This comes after Prosecutor-General, Kumbirai Hodzi filed a fresh application seeking explanation from Chihuri through his legal representative on the sale of some of the assets that had been frozen until the finalisation of the matter.
On the other hand, Chihuri through his defense, is challenging the legality of the application filed by Hodzi.
Chihuri allegedly sold numerous properties that had been frozen by the state after he fled the country.
According to the state, his wife and brother in law acted as his representatives, with full power of attorney.
However, High Court Judge, Justice Pisirai Kwenda deferred the matter to next month.