A BULGARIAN National and two others who were arrested in Kabwe, on three counts of stealing over K945,000 from an automated teller machines (ATM) have been found with a case to answer and put on their defence.
This is in a case in which Milko Stayanova Ketstadinov, 44, Hrito Ivanovdon Kov, 39, and Hassan Alwe Al Batti, 29, are charged with unauthorized access of intercepting data contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
The trio were placed on their defence after Ndola High Court Deputy Director sitting in as a Chief Residence Magistrate Joshua Banda established a prima facie case against them.
Mr Banda said in compliance with section 207 of the penal code, he placed all the three accused on their defence on all three counts.
The prosecution closed its case after hearing evidence from 37 state witnesses.
The three are in count one alleged to have intentionally accessed or intercepted data by planting a gadget on the ATM belonging to Barclays Bank Zambia.
In count two, the trio had in their possession devices for capturing data, namely foreign ATM gadgets which are designed primarily to overcome security measures for the protection of data.
It is alleged in count three that the trio between November 7, 2013 and December 11, 2013 jointly and whilst acting together did steal K945, 485.97 from Barclays Bank Zambia.
They are expected to open their defence on March 18