LUSAKA, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Zambia’s former intelligence chief was fined over $100,000 on Wednesday for fleeing the country while on bail for corruption charges.
Xavier Chungu was among a group of high-profile figures targeted as part of an anti-graft campaign introduced by former President Levy Mwanawasa, who died in August. Charges against Chungu were announced in 2006.
Chungu gave himself up to police on Dec. 3 after being on the run for more than two years.
He faces six months imprisonment with hard labour if the 500 million Zambian kwacha ($102,000) fine was not paid within 14 days, magistrate Jones Chinyama said.
Western donors and international agencies have praised Zambia’s government for tackling corruption.
Former Zambian President Frederick Chiluba currently faces charges of theft of $488,000 in treasury funds during the time he ruled the country between 1991 and 2001. Chiluba has denied any wrongdoing.
A number of key figures in Chiluba’s government have either been jailed for corruption or are facing serious graft charges. (Reporting By Shapi Shacinda)
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