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BULAWAYO Criminal Intelligence Department (CID) fraud squad boss George Machinga has appeared in court charged with extortion.

Machinga, the officer in charge at CID Fraud Section, allegedly tried to extort $550 from one Pardon Dube.

The cop arrested Dube on fraud charges and then demanded cash “to facilitate his freedom”.

Machinga, represented by Mlamuli Ncube, pleaded not guilty to the charges during a brief appearance Thursday before magistrate Gladmore Mushove at the Bulawayo Magistrates’ Courts.

Prosecutors say on June 19 this year, Machinga approached Dube, a trustee and mediator of Khayalami Heritage Community Development Trust, and asked him to pay $550 so he could “clear him of the fraud charges” he was facing.

Machinga also reportedly told Dube that $300 would go towards “buying his freedom” and the remaining $250 to refunding Cordelia Bachisi, a client with whom Dube had a dark past over a “deal”.

The policeman reportedly confiscated Dube’s national identity card as surety.

The court heard that on June 20, Dube sourced $300 but then had a change of heart and decided to report Machinga for unlawful conduct. He then approached the police and made a report after which a plan was hatched to trap Machinga.

Bills amounting to $300 were reportedly photocopied by one chief superintendent Nsingo who kept the copies as evidence while he returned the originals to Dube who was waiting for the bribe money as per arrangement. Meanwhile, a police officer lay in wait.

Dube then arranged to meet Machinga and handed over the money leading to the arrest of the police boss after a search in his office drawers.

The money was recovered in the same denominations that had been photocopied.

The trial was postponed to July 21 after the defence lawyer said he had not been served with state papers.

Source : New Zimbabwe