Parliamentary Portfolio Committee chairperson on Foreign Affairs, Kindness Paradza last week confirmed to Sunday News that 8 Zimbabwean students were arrested in Cyprus on allegations of armed robbery, bringing to 12 the number of Zimbabwean students arrested for serious crimes in that country.
The eight allegedly robbed 15 houses and five shops in Lefko and Girne districts in a space of three months before their arrest last month. The eight students are Wishad Junior Mpavaenda, Brian Prayer Mutakura, Fungai Marshall Mangondoza, Fortune Takudzwa Rutsito, Munyaradzi Raphael Musango, Charles Kabirou Effiom, Michael Matsikiti and Hillary Ngonbadang Tanwie. Five of the eight students have since been released after an investigation concluded that they were not connected to the robberies which occurred between 13 December 2017 and 13 March 2018 and it was not clear when the three would appear in court.
Paradza said his committee was seeking clearance from Government to send a delegation to Cyprus to assess the situation with the view of having the arrested students repatriated. In 2017, Government unsuccessfully engaged Turkish authorities on the possible release of three students who were arrested on drug trafficking charges. Turkey controls the northern part of Cyprus where a number of Zimbabwean students are studying.
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