Chinese fined for attempting to externalise $32k

LI JUNG CHANG, a Chinese technical adviser attached to the Zimbabwe Defence Forces factory in Domboshawa, was yesterday fined $200 for attempting to externalise $32 000 to his native country without seeking clearance.


Chang, who was arrested on Tuesday at Harare International Airport, was convicted on his own plea of guilty to contravening exchange control regulations when he appeared before Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe.

Chang operates a bookstore at Borrowdale Brooke in Harare.

Chang’s lawyer Tunga Muganhiri, in mitigation, had said there were special circumstances that the court should consider in the matter.

“The convict was bona fide ignorant of the law and such factors constitute not only mitigatory, but special circumstances. All the checkpoints at the airport are written in English and the convict is not conversant with the language,” Muganhiri said.

He added: “The accused had no intention to smuggle the money. He did not declare $5 000 and hid the rest. The entire amount he was found with was that which was on his person.”

However, prosecutor Samantha Dhlamini insisted that the excess $27 000 should be forfeited to the State as provided for by the law, arguing ignorance of the law was not a defence.

6 Responses to Chinese fined for attempting to externalise $32k

  1. Observer March 10, 2016 at 7:37 am #

    $200 vs $32000!
    I would also take my chances!

  2. garikayi March 10, 2016 at 8:09 am #

    Haivavo all Chinese, Indians, Pakistanis, clever Zimbos, Bangladeshis and all traders operating in Zimbabwe are taking their US$ out of the f%$#ng country. This dude is just unfortunate this time round. I bet he will try one more time. I advise him to use chicken buses to neighboring countries and then fly out from RSA, Mozambique, Zambia or DRC.

    Where there is US$ there will always be externalisation. In any case Mugabe and his henchmen are extenalising money on a daily basis. Animal Farm principle – ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL BUT SOME ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS

  3. GK March 10, 2016 at 1:28 pm #

    @Garikayi kwaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  4. Mutsvangwa March 10, 2016 at 2:48 pm #

    Started with $15,000,000,000.00 dollars now they are pocketing via the Airport fofeit to state and pay school fees for the underpriveledge followed by WAR VETERANS CHILDREN

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  6. Ndaziva March 10, 2016 at 10:54 pm #

    Me no understanding English. Me zhing zhouao.

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