THREE Bulgarians charged with three counts of stealing more than K945,000 from automated teller machines (ATMs) have opted to remain silent by not giving any evidence in their defence.
Milko Stayanova Ketstadinov, 44, Hrito Ivanovdon Kov, 39, and Hassan Alwe Al Batti, 29, were found with a case to answer after Ndola High Court deputy director Joshua Banda, sitting in Lusaka as a magistrate, established a prima facie case against them.
The three are charged with unauthorised access of intercepting data. In the first count they are alleged to have intentionally accessed or intercepted data by planting a gadget on the ATM belonging to Barclays Bank Zambia.
In count two, the trio had in their possession devices for capturing data namely, foreign ATM gadgets which are designed primarily to overcome security measures for the protection of data.
It is alleged in count three that the trio, between November 7, 2013 and December 11, 2013, jointly and whilst acting together did steal K945, 485.97 from Barclays Bank Zambia.
But the three told Mr Banda that they would choose an option of not adducing any evidence in their defence.
Times of Zambia