Former Intermarket Holdings Limited chief executive Nicholas Vingirai, who fled the country in 2004 after being accused of externalising funds, was arrested at Harare International Airport on Monday soon after arrival back in Zimbabwe.
Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID)’s serious frauds section arrested the businessman after being tipped off he was coming back. He has reportedly been living in Singapore since he fled the country.
CID spokesperson Augustine Zimbili could neither deny nor confirm the development, saying he was still trying to get information from the fraud section by the time of going to press.
Vingirai is being represented by Godfrey Mamvura from Scanlen and Holderness. Mamvura could, however, not be reached for comment as he was said to be out of the office.
Officials from his office refused to give his mobile phone number, but confirmed he was handling the case.
Vingirai was arrested in Taiwan in August this year after straying from his base in Singapore and the authorities there revealed they would deport him.
It was, however, unclear whether he was arrested after being deported or he voluntarily opted to return home.
Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau revealed, soon after the arrest, they had received a tip-off from an unnamed source that Vingirai, a Zimbabwean suspect on the Interpol Red Notice List for years, would be visiting Taiwan and would fly in from Singapore on August 9.
They arrested him in Taipei City’s Zhongshan district at a hotel where he was having breakfast.
Vingirai was one of the eight bankers taken off the list of specified individuals in 2009, but he remained on the wanted list for alleged money laundering.