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Director of Public Prosecutions Mutembo Nchito has taken over the prosecution of the K2.1 billion case involving former Labour Minister Austin Liato and has since named state advocates Simon Tembo and S. Sumbukeni as other members of the prosecution team.
And Mr. Liato has pleaded not guilty to one count of being in possession of property suspected to have been stolen.
The former labour minister in the Rupiah Banda government is charged with being inÂ possession of property suspected of being proceeds of crime contrary to section 71 subsection one of the forfeiture of proceeds of crime Act number 19 0f 2010 of the Laws of Zambia.
Particulars of the offence are that on November 24, 2011, Mr. Liato 46 did possess and conceal money amounting to K2.1 billion on his Farm number L. Mpamba 44 in Mwembeshi reasonably suspected of being proceeds of crime.
QFM News reports that Principal Resident Magistrate Aridah Chulu has since adjourned the matter to tomorrow for commencement of trial.