Attorneys: Match-fixing evidence flimsy

AP, Monday 20 Feb 2012

Defence of Zimbabwe former football chief says charges of corruption and match-fixing will not hold water

Lawyers for the former chief executive of Zimbabwe’s football association say corruption and match-fixing charges against her rely on “improper and premature” investigations.

Attorney Jonathan Samkange says flimsy evidence against Henrietta Rushwaya lacks proof to secure a conviction.

Rushwaya, free on bail, had her passport returned on the orders of a court Monday. She said she plans to travel to South Africa and Dubai on business.

She will reappear in court on bribery, corruption and fraud charges on 9 March.

Rushwaya allegedly received $1 million from Asian betting syndicates to help fix matches during Asian tours between 2007 and 2009. More than 80 players have been suspended during the corruption investigations.

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