THE prosecution yesterday requested for more time to complete the investigations in the trial of Simba Sports Club President, Evans Aveva and his Vice-President, Geoffrey Nyange, who are facing fraud and 600m/- money laundering charges.
Senior State Attorney Nassoro Katuga, for the prosecution, told Senior Resident Magistrate Victoria Nongwa at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam that investigations into the matter have not been completed.
“We are finalising to conduct investigations in some documents. We, therefore, pray for another mention date,” the trial attorney requested. The magistrate granted the prosecution’s request and adjourned the case to September 18, but directed them to expedite the investigations.
It is alleged that the accused persons forged a transfer of funds report form on March 15, last year, in the city. With intent to defraud or deceit. The accused persons allegedly purported to show that Simba Sports Club was repaying a loan of the said 300,000 US dollars to Aveva, while it was not true.
The prosecution alleges further that on the same day at CRDB Bank PLC, Azikiwe Branch in Ilala District, knowingly and fraudulently, Aveva uttered the said form to the bank, purporting that the club was repaying the said amount as loan to him.
It is alleged that between March 15 and July 29, 2016, in Dar es Salaam, jointly and together, the two club leaders conspired to commit the offence of money laundering by acquiring the said 300,000 US dollars while they knew that the money was proceeds of a predicate offence of forgery.
The court has been told further that on March 15, 2016, at Barclays Bank Tanzania Limited at Mikocheni Branch in Kinondoni District, Aveva acquired the said money from the Bank while at the time of such acquisition he knew the money was proceeds of offence of forgery.
On the same day and the bank, Nyange aided and abated Aveva to acquire the money from the bank, while knowing that the said money was proceeds of a crime of forgery of the transfer of funds report form.