Interpol’s most wanted suspect deported

Posted on December 9, 2010 | Category: Politics; Business, Sport

A Zimbabwean suspect believed to be on Interpol’s (the International Police Organization) most wanted list has been finally declared a prohibited immigrant and deported to his home country.

President Ian Khama has declared 27-year-old Zimbabwean Kevin Blaze, alias Taurai Gasva, a prohibited immigrant after the latter allegedly committed some crimes here. Blaze has previously avoided criminal trials in Zimbabwe and South Africa,

Information passed to The Gazette is that Blaze has served the Attorney General Chambers with a notice to take the Botswana Government to the International Court of Justice challenging his deportation.

It is understood that President Khama is cited as the First Respondent in his capacity as the President of the country and because he signed Blaze’s deportation papers. The judicial officers who presided over Blaze’s cases are also cited as respondents.

During September Blaze was arraigned before Regional Magistrate Lorraine Makati-Lesang for the charge of unlawful possession of devices and data in Francistown on September 13, 2010 with the intent to commit an offence. He was denied bail while police investigations continued.

Blaze is also a suspect in the assassination of a high ranking former South African diplomat to Zimbabwe and was also facing three counts of obtaining by false pretences here. Allegations were that he had obtained P17, 500 by falsely pretending to be the lawful owner of three credit cards on different dates between February 22 and March 7, 2008 at Thapama Cresta Lodge in Francistown,

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Homicide in Zimbabwe is also investigating a case in which Blaze is suspected of abandoning his then one- year-old daughter at the South African embassy in Zimbabwe some time in March 2008.

Apart from the charges he is facing in Botswana and Zimbabwe, he is also suspected to be involved in the murder of Kingsley Sithole, a former political counsellor at the South African embassy in Zimbabwe. Sithole was shot dead outside his Midrand home, near Johannesburg on June 12, 2006.

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