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ZAMBIA: Justice delayed becoming justice denied
Harry Mubita was tired of his wretched condition in prison. He had been in Lusaka Central Prison for more than a year, and still there was no sign that his theft case would be heard.
Mubita, a tailor, accepted money from a woman who wanted him to make her a traditional dress known as the Chitenge Outfit – a long skirt and an intricately cut and sewn top, with a matching wrap-around and head-scarf. All made from a single length of material.
But he failed to deliver.
Mubita also did not refund the ZMK70,000 (about 14.40 dollars) payment, or return the six metres of cotton print. The aggrieved woman told the police, and two constables armed with AK-47 rifles arrested Mubita at his Kaunda Square Market shop. Mubita's case is not unusual.
West Yorkshire Police try an unusual Christmas card
from the press release:
A ten year old girl's letter is the focal point of this year's Bradford
District Christmas burglary campaign. The letter was written to the man
who burgled her home and left her scared to return or go out in the
area. Amy Winteridge wrote down her feelings so that they could be read
out at a meeting her Mum had with the man who had burgled them as part
of West Yorkshire Probation Service's restorative justice process. On
reading the letter the man was visibly moved by what Amy had to say.
The letter is now the centre of a special Christmas card which will be sent out to known burglars across the Bradford District. It's hoped that it will make some of them think about their actions and how they affect children in the homes they target. The card will be hand delivered to a lot of the criminals and former criminals by Officers from Neighbourhood Policing Teams to give that extra personal reminder that the Police will be watching them in the run up to Christmas.