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Chiluba faces new corruption case
Frederick Chiluba
Chiluba was Zambia's president for 10 years
Zambia's government has filed a corruption case against former President Frederick Chiluba, in a High Court in the UK.

Mr Chiluba - along with a Congolese businessman - is accused of defrauding the Zambian state of almost $35m and sending the money abroad.

The accusations refer to an arms deal which was initiated during Mr Chiluba's term in office five years ago.

Mr Chiluba denies the allegations, saying they are politically motivated.

Similar charges were brought against him in a court in Zambia last year, but were later dropped after two other people involved in the same case had fled the country.

Suits seized

On Monday, Mr Chiluba angrily hit out after hundreds of his shirts, suits and shoes were seized from a warehouse at the weekend.

What they have done is to bring my underpants out to the general public
Frederick Chiluba
The former head of state, with a taste for expensive designer suits, said the raid in the capital, Lusaka, was a calculated attempt to "disgrace and humiliate" him.

Police suspect the clothes were bought using government funds and believe the ex-president hid them at the warehouse.

But Mr Chiluba said his new home was too small for all his belongings.

"What they have done is to bring my underpants out to the general public," Mr Chiluba told reporters.

Mr Chiluba said anti-graft investigators were persecuting him.

The BBC's Musonda Chibamba says cars and buildings both in Zambia and Europe have already been seized.

His handpicked successor, President Levy Mwanawasa, has been pursuing an anti-corruption drive against Mr Chiluba's former government.

Mr Mwanawasa said that he would grant a presidential pardon to Mr Chiluba if he admitted the allegations of corruption and returned 75% of the cash he allegedly stole.


SEE ALSO:
Zambia's 'matrix of plunder'
09 Dec 03 |  Africa
Strike delays Chiluba case
27 Aug 03 |  Africa
Chiluba loses immunity appeal
19 Feb 03 |  Africa
Chiluba's legacy to Zambia
19 Dec 01 |  Africa
Country profile: Zambia
29 Nov 02 |  Country profiles


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