By ALICE NACHILEMBE
A Chinese Liang Bin Giang who is charged with 13 Zambians for illegal military training before the Chingola Magistrate court, told the court he has forgotten his phone password.
This was during identification of evidence by the witness who told the court that there was a video which was shown to the witness during the arresting of the accused.
But when Giang was told to unlock the phone, he claimed to have forgotten the password during his stay in remand.
Magistrate Martin Namushi said the court cannot compel the accused to unlock the phone and told the prosecution that it was their duty to secure their own evidence.
Acting Criminal Investigative officer Michal Chushi told the court that he also received contradicting information from Giang and his 13 co-accused during investigations.
Mr Chushi said Giang told police that those videos were produced to send congratulatory messages to post on internet.
“Meanwhile on the contract signed by the Zambians it is stated that they were employees of a security firm and all the contracts were all signed by Giang who is co-accused as the employer,” he said.
Particulars of the offense are that Bin Giang 32, of Makeni in Lusaka, James Banda 20, of 26 Andrew Mwenya road Chiwempala, Martin Chinyama 25, 61 Kanongesha road in Chiwempala, Samson Sinkala 19, of 82/B11 Kamba Drive Nchanga North, Joseph Phiri 23, and Isaac Phiri 25 both of 12 Lwele road Chikola, Kellison Kapasa 27, of 4 Kazunga street Nchanga North, Bruce Simukonda 23, of 39 Old Airport Nchanga North, Muloiso Mkandawire 23, of 12 pine Kabundi North.
Others are Albert Mwansa 23, of 6956 Lupando Street Nchanga North, Elias Mwale 21, of 25/35 Makeni Lusaka, Sydney Mupeta 26, of KB8 Kafue Makeni Lusaka, Arthur Sinkonde 28, of Namwala Street Nchanga North, Pintu Boniface 31, of NC4 Namwala Street Nchanga North.
On July 16, were being drilled in weapon training without authority.
The matter has since been adjourned to October 9, 2019 for ruling to find out whether they have a case to answer or not.