The High Court in Blantyre has dismissed a K30 billion compensation claims by businessman Rashid Tayub and Transglobe Produce Export Limited.

ACB Public Relations Officer Eggrita Ndala confirmed development in a statement made available to faceofmalawi dated November 24, 2020.

According to Ndala, Tayub was seeking damages for false imprisonment and malicious prosecution while Transglobe Produce Export Limited was seeking damages for loss of business and damage to reputation.

The claims for compensation were in relation to a case where Rashid Tayub, Transglobe Produce Export Limited and Dr. George Chaponda were implicated in the procurement of maize from Zambia.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested and prosecuted Rashid Tayub and Dr. George Chaponda, but the two were acquitted by the Magistrate Court in Zomba

Justice Dingiswayo Madise found that contrary to the submissions by the Claimants, the ACB had reasonable and probable cause to arrest and prosecute the Tayub, the acquittal notwithstanding.

“Consequently, the defendants (Anti-Corruption Bureau and Attorney General) cannot be held liable for taking what was a legally justifiable action in the circumstances of the case,” said Madise in the ruling.

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