Asset Recovery Watch

ARW-68
Frederick Jacob Titus Chiluba
Zambia
President (1991-2002)
United Kingdom
Location of Recovery Effort, Asset Location / Alleged Asset Location
2002
Ongoing
Art.17, Art.23
Yes
Private Civil Action
Unknown
Unspecified
Ongoing Case
Ongoing
Judgment by Court of First Instance
Unknown Amounts Frozen
Ongoing
NA

As summarized in a 2009 report by Transparency International UK, "Civil proceedings were brought by Zambia in the High Court against Dr. Chiluba and nineteen of his alleged associates. The case in the London civil courts concerned three separate claims: The Zamtrop Conspiracy...The MOFED Claim...[which] ultimately failed...[and] The BK Conspiracy....On May 4, 2007, Zambia obtained judgment against Dr. Chiluba and some of his co-defendants for about U.S. $46 million. Judgment was obtained against Dr. Chiluba's lawyer Iqbal Meer....However, on 31 July 2008 Mr Meer successfully appealed the judgment against him, persuading the Court of Appeal that he had not known or suspected the dishonesty of his clients." (Sources: Transparency International UK, "Combating Money Laundering and Recovering Looted Gains: Raising the UK's Game, June 2009; AG of Zambia v Meer Care & Desai and others [2007] EWHC 952 (Ch) and [2007] EWHC 1540 (Ch). See also, AG of Zambia v. Meer Care & Desai and others [2008] EWCA Civ 1007 (31 July 2008), paragraph 6 descriptionof the Zamtrop account and paragraph 8 description of the BK conspiracy.)

According to the New York Times, Mr. Chiluba was acquitted on August 18, 2009 by a court in Lusaka, Zambia. (Source: Celia W. Dugger, "Former President of Zambia Is Acquitted," New York Times, August 18, 2009.)

Task Force on Corruption (established 2002)
Attorney General of Zambia
[Lusaka, Zambia]
Serious Fraud Office; Office for the Supervision of Solicitors; Grant Thornton (asset tracing, on behalf of Zambia and some of the defendants)
DLA Piper UK LLP (Michael Sullivan Q.C. and Hannah Brown) (representing Government of Zambia)
England and Wales High Court; Court of Appeal