June 15, 2024

Zambian court sentences 22 Chinese nationals to long prison terms for cybercrimes


In a landmark ruling, a Zambian court has sentenced 22 Chinese nationals to lengthy prison terms for their involvement in cybercrimes, including internet fraud and online scams targeting individuals in Zambia, Singapore, Peru, and the United Arab Emirates.

The sentencing, which took place on Friday, saw the convicted individuals receive prison terms ranging from seven to 11 years. In addition to the prison sentences, Zambia’s Magistrates Court imposed fines ranging from $1,500 to $3,000 on the defendants. The sentences were handed down after the accused pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including computer-related misrepresentation, identity fraud, and illegally operating a network or service.

The court’s decision marks a significant victory in the fight against cybercrime in Zambia and highlights the country’s commitment to protecting its citizens and international partners from online fraud and other cyber-related offenses. The case underscores the growing challenge of combating cybercrime across borders and the importance of international cooperation in addressing these issues.

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