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Fawaz asks Katanga to retract ‘unverified’ statement linking him to stolen copper report

BUSINESSMAN Shawki Fawaz has asked Copperbelt Province commissioner of police Charity Katanga to retract the statement she issued that copper concentrates destined for Chambeshi Smelter were diverted to a plant that belonged to him.

In a letter dated September 24, 2018 addressed to Katanga, Fawaz, through his lawyers Magubbwi and Associates, is demanding that Katanga corrects the impression and disassociate him from the subject company, Markov Investment Limited.

“We refer to the captioned matter and particularly to the press release and broadcast thereof attributed to your office. It has come to our client’s attention that you did issue a press release indicating that copper concentrates destined for Chambeshi Smelter was diverted to Markov Investments Company Limited Mining Plant and that the said plant belonged to Mr Shawki Fawaz (our client),” the lawyers stated.

“We find it critical and imperative to draw your attention to the fact that our client is not in any way associated with the said Markov Mining Plant as he is neither a director nor shareholder therein and therefore, your press statement to the extent it references our client as the owner of the plant is a total misrepresentation and fabrication. For your ease of reference, we hereto annex the Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA) documentation thereof.”

Magubbwi and Associates stated that Fawaz found it regrettable that the statement was issued without due care of establishing his non-privity to the said company and the circumstances that culminated into the press release.

“Had your office taken the reasonable effort and exercise of verifying the ownership of the said company, the false implication of our client could have been avoided. It is obvious that your unverified press release/statement has bleached our client’s reputation and if not corrected and/or [retracted] will serve to effect serious reputation damage to him,” read the letter.

“In the circumstances, we are instructed to request your good office to correct the impression and disassociate our client from the subject company and circumstances under reference of your press release or statement. Your good action of causing a retractory and corrective press statement will be appreciated and hoping this is done with utmost haste.”

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