Zimbabwe businessmen charged with leaking state secrets

2011-10-29 10:20

Harare – Three Zimbabwean businessmen have been charged with espionage for allegedly leaking confidential government secrets to the US, Canada and Afghanistan, state-controlled media said today.

“Two Africom Holdings bosses and a Harare businessman yesterday (Friday) appeared in court on espionage charges after they reportedly illegally set up satellite communication equipment and leaked official secrets to foreign countries,” The Herald daily reported.

“It is the state’s case that between July this year and Thursday this week, the three sent confidential security information to Canada, the US and Afghanistan,” the paper said.

The three executives – Simba Mangwende and Farai Rwodzi of Africom, and Oliver Chiku, an executive of Global Satellite Systems – were all remanded in custody yesterday, the paper said.

According to The Herald, the three allegedly connived to install communication equipment at an undisclosed location with the help of Canadian nationals without the authority of a local communication company and the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe.

The paper said if convicted the three faced up to 25 years in prison.

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