Khan to do time at ‘relaxed’ Gweru prison

RAFIQ Khan, the outgoing Zimbabwe Football Association chairman, has reportedly been transferred to an open prison in the Midlands province after he was jailed this week — 14 years after his conviction and sentence.

Khan is now expected to do time at Connemara prison

in Gweru, according to sources, after a Harare magistrate this week upheld his conviction and sentence for breaking into and stealing from a car 17 years ago.

The Zifa boss had been locked up at the filthy and disease-infested Harare Central Prison where sodomy cases are also rampant.

Connemara is a more relaxed prison where inmates have better facilities and enjoy contact with the outside world more than those at the rest of Zimbabwe’s dilapidated prisons.

Some of Zimbabwe’s high-profile prisoners whose crimes were regarded as not very serious have done time at Connemara.

The late Canaan Banana, independent Zimbabwe’s first president, was incarcerated at the prison after he had been convicted of sodomy.

Khan was arrested on Monday on his return to Harare from South Africa where he had been a match commissioner in an African Champions League match.

However, Khan’s lawyer Tinofara Hove last night expressed ignorance over his client’s transfer to Connemara saying he had last seen him at Harare Central Prison on Wednesday afternoon.

The outgoing Zifa chairman lost his bid for freedom on Tuesday when his appeal against both conviction and sentence was thrown out at the Harare Magistrates Court.

Hove said he had completed papers appealing against Khan’s incarceration in the High Court.

Khan, a ruling Zanu PF official, has been at the receiving end of stinging criticism following President Robert Mugabe’s censure of the way Zifa has been running football.

He was due to relinquish his post at the forthcoming Zifa elections scheduled for later this month.

Khan could be in further trouble if a probe into the way Zifa and a Warriors fundraising committee misused billions of donated money does not spare him. — Staff Writer.

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