Zambian former President Frederick Chiluba is expected to find out later if a two-year-old British judgement against him can be enforced in Zambia. In its ruling, the High Court in London ordered Mr Chiluba and 21 others to pay back more than $58m (£38m) it found was defrauded from the Zambian government.
If the High Court in Lusaka settles for the state, Zambia’s government will be able to begin recovering the money. The former president says the British court has no jurisdiction in Zambia. Mr Chiluba – who was president from 1991 to 2002 – is already facing charges of theft and abuse of office, but denies any wrongdoing.
His wife, Regina, was jailed for three-and-a-half years in March for receiving stolen state funds. The Zambian state took out the civil suit in London as some of Mr Chiluba’s 21 co-accused – former business associates and government officials – are not Zambian citizens and because the case involves property and bank accounts in the UK and Europe.
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