Liato has a case to answer-Mutembo Nchito
THE prosecution has urged the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court to find former Minister of Labour and Social Security Austin Liato with a case to answer and put him on his defence.
Liato is charged with one count of receiving or retaining stolen property contrary to the Laws of Zambia, the offence which is in connection with the K2.1 billion found buried at his Lusaka West farmhouse.
Director of Public Prosecutions Mutembo Nchito said in a written submission filed in Lusaka on Wednesday that Liato should be put on his defence because he has committed an offence.
“On the basis that the prosecution only has to prove its case on a balance of probabilities, we submit that the same has been done in that the accused person had colossal sums of money buried in the ground.
“This money did not come from any of his known source of income. On that basis, we submit that he has committed the offence as charged,” Mr Nchito said.
He said evidence of the prosecution is reliable because it has not been discredited in any way during cross-examination by the defence.
Mr Nchito said it is the prayer of the prosecution that Liato is put on his defence.
He said it is clear from the evidence on record that Liato is in possession of K2.1 billion which is in issue an the case.
Particulars of the offence are that Liato on unknown dates but between September 1 and November 24, 2011 in Lusaka received and or retained (K2.1 billion) knowing or having reasons to believe the same has been feloniously stolen, taken, extorted, obtained or disposed of.