Katsimberis fraud trial hits brickwall, put on another continuous roll

Prosper Dembedza Herald Correspondent

The fraud trial of George Katsimberis will now continue on December 11-15 after his lawyer told the court that he will not be available in the next two weeks.

The lawyer, Advocate Tinomudaishe Chinyoka told the court that he was unable to continue with the trial this week as he was attending a funeral.

Advocate Chinyoka also said he will be travelling to South Africa after the burial for medication.

This prompted Harare magistrate Mrs Vongai Guwuriro to put the trial on a continuous roll to cover up for the disturbances.

During the previous sitting, the magistrate reprimanded Katsimberis after he described words that were said by Deputy Prosecutor General Mr Michael Reza as crazy.

Katsimberis is making an application for referral of his case to the Constitutional Court.

He said he wanted a Greek interpreter because the language that is used in court is not the language that he uses everyday.

He also said he wanted his trial to be televised because it was being falsely reported by the media.

Katsimberis went on to accuse Mr Reza of making several lies before the courts.

“He does improper things and gets back up from the media,” he said.

He further submitted that Mr Reza boosts his ego by saying improper things to give news to the media.

Katsembiris allegedly duped a local property developer of close to US$1 million in a joint venture to build cluster houses in Borrowdale, Harare.

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