A SYRIAN has appeared in the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court for allegedly smuggling people from that country and forging documentation purporting that they are refugees in Zambia.
Suleman Alhamdan is charged with two counts of smuggling people and forgery.
In the first count, it is alleged that Alhamdan, between August and September, this year, in Lusaka, jointly and whilst acting together with persons unknown, participated in smuggling an Iraqi identified as Ezair Mohamed, holder of passport number A996213 into and outside Zambia.
In the second count, Alhamdan is alleged to have forged two letters from the office of the Commissioner for Refugees stating that Walid Iyabub and Abbar Bachar, both Syrian, were granted refugee status when in fact not.
Alhamdan is appearing before the same court on charges of abducting an Iraqi boy and demanding ransom from his family in that country.
It is alleged that Alhamdan and Mohammed Ibrahim, between August 30 and September 5, this year, in Lusaka, jointly and whilst acting together with others, abducted Walid Mofakzekri with intent to cause him to be secretly and wrongfully confined and was actually confined.
In the second count, the two are alleged to have on September 6, this year, in Lusaka assaulted Mofakzekri.