Zambia's ex-president arrested

By Drum Digital
25 March 2013

Zambia's former president, Rupiah Banda, was arrested Monday in connection with a corruption investigation into a Nigerian oil deal.

Earlier this month, parliament lifted Banda's presidential immunity, clearing the way for him to be prosecuted for several corruption and abuse of office charges.

He was released from police custody and is due to appear in court on Tuesday. Banda has said the moves against him are politically motivated.

He is accused of misappropriating an estimated 11 million dollars for his family during his three-year reign as president of the southern African nation that is the top copper producer on the continent.

Through the oil deal, Zambia was to import crude from Nigeria. While there were no deliveries, money was deposited into the bank account of Banda's son, according to the allegations.

Banda lost to President Michael Sata in 2011 elections. The new government has been pursuing the corruption investigations against the former leader and his political allies.

-Sapa

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