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Monday, 29 June 2009

Chiluba Told To Repay Stolen Millions

A British judge delivered what some experts called a signal verdict against African corruption, ordering the former Zambian president Frederick Chiluba, left, and 19 others to return at least $46 million it said they had stolen while in power in the 1990s and early this decade. The London judge, Peter Smith, ruled that Mr. Chiluba, in power from 1991 to 2001, ''was uniquely positioned to stop corruption'' in government, but that he elected instead to join in it. Zambia's government sued in London because it alleged that Mr. Chiluba and his associates had bought assets in Britain and elsewhere in Europe. Mr. Chiluba said in a statement that he did not recognize a British court's authority in Zambian issues, arguing that the case circumvented Zambia's justice system. Other African experts said the verdict, the first against a current or former head of state, could set an anticorruption precedent. MICHAEL WINES

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