OMAN business tycoon, Kamal Khalfan, the honorary Oman Sultanate Consul in Harare, says he has nothing to do with the controversial case in which German investor Dietrich Herzog was alleging he was kidnapped and assaulted in Harare at the upmarket home of Omani businessman Thamer al Shanfari in December last year.
Khalfan was responding to recent comments by Oman businessman Thamer al Shanfari’s lawyer Jonathan Samkange who implied that the kidnapping case was a continuation of the fight between Shanfari, the mega-rich former chairman of Cayman Islands mining company Oryx Natural Resources, and his compatriot.
In an interview with the Zimbabwe Independent this week, Khalfan dismissed Samkange’s claims saying he had no role in Herzog case which was reported to the police before it went to court.
“I have nothing to do with the issue. The case was reported to police and it is wrong for Samkange to imply that,” Khalfan said.
“Herzog was kidnapped and there is a police report to confirm this. Where do I come in?” he queried, stating that he was not even in the country when the alleged kidnapping occurred.
According to the state outline, on December 7 at house number 57 Folyjon Crescent, Glen Lorne, Phillip Mapfiro and Shanfari’s brother-in-law Ashraf Raslan unlawfully deprived Herzog of his “freedom of bodily movement that is to say, manhandled, forced him into the toilet and detained” him.
It further states that Mapfiro and Raslan stole US$2 000 and an iPhone 5 from Herzog.
In its case outline, the state further said this happened after Herzog and Shanfari had had a disagreement over Takunda Mining Private Limited.
The Harare magistrate’s court has since granted Raslan and Mapfiro refusal of further remand after an application was made on March 5 because Herzog has been unable to come back to Zimbabwe for the trial.