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A 35 year old Chinese woman was on Friday arraigned before the Gweru magistrates courts for contravening a section of the Immigration Act which prohibits foreigners from working without a permit.

Liu Yan appeared before provincial magistrate Pathekile Msipa on allegations that she was illegally employed at a gold processing plant in Zhombe as an interpreter.

Yan however denied the charges arguing that she had offered to interpret to immigration officials since she was the only Chinese at the site who could understand English.

But immigration officials who testified in court maintained that she had told them that she worked at the company as an interpreter.

Trial continues on the 11th of March.

Prosecutors told the court that Yan entered the country as a dependent of Wang Decai and was issued with a temporary permit which did not allow her to seek employment.

Allegations are that on the19th February this year officials from the Gweru immigration office were on routine compliance checks on foreigners employed in the Zhombe area in the Midlands province.

The immigration officers visited Yuahang gold processing plant where they asked to see the company managers.

Yan came out of the company offices and later produced work permits of other Chinese nationals but failed to produce her own.

She was arrested and taken to Gweru central police station.

Source : New Zimbabwe