The son of former President Frederick Chiluba has been sentenced to eight months imprisonment with hard labour by a Magistrate court in Zambia for stealing a mobile phone.
Frederick Chiluba Jr was convicted of stealing a Samsung S7 edge, valued at $843 (£626), last year.
BBC reports that the court heard that Chiluba Jr stole the device from a woman, Brenda Chisha, on 2 September 2017 and traded it for drugs in a notorious slum in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka.
Ex-Zambian leader’s son jailed for stealing phone: A court in #Zambia has sentenced the son of former President #FrederickChiluba to eight months imprisonment with hard labour for stealing a mobile phone. #FrederickChilubaJr was convicted of stealing a Samsung S7 edge. pic.twitter.com/b2yTcH08QI
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In her ruling on Wednesday, Lusaka magistrate Nthandose Chabala said she handed Chiluba Jr a custodial sentence as a deterrence to him and other would-be offenders.
She said she was satisfied that there was enough evidence connecting him to the theft of the phone, and the prosecution had proved its case beyond all reasonable doubt.
The father of the suspect ruled Zambia from 1991 to 2001. He was dogged by corruption allegations, leading to his immunity from prosecution being lifted after he left office.
He was prosecuted for alleged embezzlement in 2002 but acquitted after a six-year trial.
In 2007, he was convicted of fraud by a London court and ordered to repay $58m (£36m) in embezzled funds, but the ruling was never enforced in Zambia.