Zambia Rearrests Croatians Accused Of Child Trafficking

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The authorities in Zambia have rearrested eight Croatian nationals accused of child trafficking.

This comes a day after the state prosecutors dropped all the charges.

Chief Resident Magistrate, Dominic Makalicha had said that the case against the four women and four men had only been discontinued and was not an acquittal.

Meanwhile, the Croatian nationals’ lawyer as well as the Zambia Department of Immigration’s public relations officer, Namati Nshinka, confirmed the four couples had been detained.

“I can confirm the eight Croatians have been re-arrested. We received instructions from the National Prosecution Authority, NPA to rearrest,” Mr. Nshinka said.

Report says the eight were arrested last year after allegedly checking in to a lodge in northern Ndola town, but on the third day, workers there noticed they had children.

The couple said they had adopted the children from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Zambian authorities had earlier said that they were working with the relevant bodies in DR Congo to investigate the matter.


BBC/Christopher Ojilere

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