hands-in-cuffs.jpgAn officer in the President’s Office, Richard Mubaiwa and his accomplice, John Chari have appeared before the court on allegations of extortion.

The two allegedly connived with four others who are still at large to extort US$2 000 from the ZIFA CEO, Mr Jonathan Mashingaidze.

It is the state’s case that the accused approached Mashingaidze and alleged that he was due to be arrested for his involvement in the Asiagate scandal.

They then asked him to pay US$10 000 as protection fee. 

Chari was however arrested upon receipt of US$2 000.

Meanwhile, Mubaiwa and Chari have applied for bail, saying the facts available do not constitute an offence.