Three suspected Iraqi’ who have been languishing in remand prison since Friday after they were each found in possession of two sets of passports bearing different information except for the same photographs have refused placement on remand indicating that they were not constitutionally arrested as they are yet to be formally charged.
Deror Elim, Seerwan Khalid and Deror Esav, who are appearing before Harare Provincial Magistrate, Barbra Mateko were not formally charged up to date as a result of the language barriers between the arresting detail and themselves.
The trio through their lawyer Jeremiah Bhamu of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights are challenging their placement on remand as it is a constitutional right for all accused persons to be informed of the charges at the point of arrest.
They allegedly entered the country using Israeli passports but were found in possession of Iraq travel documents bearing different particulars but same photo on both passports.
Elim, Khalid and Esav were not asked to plead to charges of violating the Immigration Act.
The State led by Sebastian Mutizirwa alleges that on March 18, the three entered the country using Israeli passports and were each granted a thirty day Zimbabwean Holiday Visa.
He said on April 3 and before the expiry of their holiday visas, Elim, Khalid and Esav proceeded to Robert Mugabe International Airport intending to exit the country.
Mutizirwa told the court that the trio allegedly produced Israeli passports.
During checkout, they were searched by alert Immigration Department officials who discovered that each was in possession of Iraqi passport with different particulars from the Israeli passports but displaying same photo on both passports.
“This raised suspicion of accused person’s true nationality and authenticity of the recovered passports,” Mutizirwa told the court.
He added that Immigration officials conducted investigations and discovered that the trio illegally secured Israeli passports from an agent in Iraq leading to their arrest.