GWERU: Two Midlands top cops, Aloiuo Ruvhiyeli and Lakayana Musevenzi are in court facing criminal abuse of office charges after they allegedly solicited for a bribe from a Swiss national, Andreas Fuchs in order to protect him from immigration crimes.
It is the states case that sometime this month, the accused went to Antelope Park where they approached Fuchs indicating that he was on Interpol wanted list for fraud and one crime of passion he had committed back home.
Fuchs is said to have seek consultation from a cop friend, Tongai Kamutingondo, based in Buluwayo for which the accused informed him that they had been sent by one Superintendent Masara with origins of the information being said to have came from one Assistant Commissioner in the Zimbabwe Republic police based in Harare.
Kamutingondo reportedly advised Fuchs that he could not help him for fear of interfering with investigations.
The state outline further states that the accused demanded USD5000 to clear him from Interpol before taking away his passport and also made a copy of his notice to visitor as surety that he would return with payment on the same day.
Fuchs reportedly managed to pay USD3000 to Musevenzi who gave him back his passport and assured him that he was now a free man.
It is however further alleged that Musevenzi further went to the immigration department requesting them to verify Fechs’ notice to visitor but was told to bring the document’s holder along with the originals.
Not happy with the way he had been handled, Fuchs approached the Department of Immigration Gweru for which he was advised that his papers were above board and also got advise to report his issue to the police leading to the arrest of the two.
Learnmore Mapiye presided over the issue while Fredrick Macheza represented the state.