A SURETY representing two Egyptian nationals accused of abduction has been jailed five months after failing to pay a fine of K40,000 cash after the two accused jumped bail.
Christopher Katyetye, a cook at Chainama Hills College, was sent to jail by Magistrate Kenneth Mulife after failing the first option of paying a fine.
This was when he failed to give a satisfactory explanation on the whereabouts of the two accused, Suliman Alhamadan and Mohaam Ibrahim Saad of Makeni.
Alhamadan and Saad are facing one count of abduction with intent to confine a person contrary to the laws of Zambia.
When the matter came up for continued trial in the Lusaka Magistrates Court, State prosecutor Samuel Zulu told the court that he had received information that the two accused persons had run away.
Mr Zulu told the court that one of the sureties Mr Katyetye was before court.
Mr Kateytye was asked by the court to explain but told the court that he was not aware of their whereabouts, adding that he was not even sure when they would appear before the court.
He told the court that he could not afford to pay the K40,000 and it was at then when he was sent to jail for five months.
Meanwhile, the court has issued two bench warrants to two other sureties representing the two Egyptians.
The two sureties are Theresa Sakala, a curriculum analyst of the Ministry of General Education, and Joseph Chimba an employee of Chainama Hills College.
It is alleged that between August 30 and September 5 2015 the two Egyptians jointly and while acting together with other persons unknown did abduct one Walid Motakzekri with intent to cause him to be secretly and wrongfully confined.
The matter had been adjourned to February 2 for return of bench warrants.