Police pursue Chinese man for raping compatriot
By Mwape Mbwelela
POLICE are looking for a fugitive Chinese man who raped a compatriot in Lusaka.
Che Delong, 35, who allegedly raped his 23-year-old compatriot in Lusaka last December, is on the run after he jumped bail.
According to the victim’s lawyer Kelvin Bwalya Fube (KBF), Che who was set to appear in court on January 24 after being granted bail, has not been seen.
Fube explained that following Che’s absence in court, prosecutors applied for a bench warrant, which was issued by the presiding magistrate Fides Hamaundu.
He further explained that the bench warrant was returnable on February 10, but the accused did not appear in court.
Fube said the warrant was extended to February 24 but the accused did not appear still, leading to the conclusion that he was on the run.
“We seek the support of the public to help a victim of rape. Sometime last year, a young lady was raped here in Lusaka. She was raped by a Chinese man who is now a fugitive,” Fube said.
He said although the accused’s passport was still at court, it was possible that he had left the country.
Fube appealed to any Zambian with information that would help in successful arrest and prosecution of Che.
“It’s very clear that the accused is on the run. The accused person’s passport is at court because it was one of the bail conditions that were given, him being a foreigner. The court insisted that he surrenders his passport but although the passport is at court, the man cannot be found,” said Fube who warned that harbouring Che was a criminal offence and anyone who might be holding on to information relating to his whereabouts would be arrested.
“It is very possible that he has skipped the country. We are appealing to the general public in Zambia to come up with information leading to the arrest of this man.
A reward of $5,000 has been offered to anyone with information leading to the arrest and successful prosecution of Che.