Espionage charges against PC thieves
COMPUTING| Oct. 24, 2012, 9:37 a.m.
By Edith Mwale, Lusaka, Zambia
Zambian police have slapped espionage charges against thieves who stole computers from the country’s only cancer hospital - a charge that carries a minimum sentence of 20 years in jail.
The police said they have slapped espionage charges against the suspects because of the nature and gravity of the offence.
The thieves broke into the country’s only cancer disease hospital about two weeks ago, stealing computers, computer controlling towers and keyboards used in the diagnosis of cancer patients.
Some stolen items have so far been recovered and reinstalled in order to normalize operations at the hospital and serve lives.
The police said they have managed to recover most of the devices stolen but have failed to recover two computer keyboards and mice.
“We did not pick and charge them with theft because it is not only about stealing the computers and other equipment, it is about the lives of people (patients) which were endangered during that period and considering how critical this facility is,” said Police spokesperson Elizabeth Kanjela.
The accused appeared in a Lusaka Magistrate and were this week given bail and allowed to go home.
In Zambia, any person charged with espionage and found guilty of the offence and convicted faces imprisonment of a period not less than 20 years but not exceeding 30 years.
MORE COMPUTING NEWS
Cloud - the perfect weapon for SMEsCloud Computing gives smaller companies unprecedented access to enterprise-grade software and infrastructure services – allowing them to grow rapidly and compete with larger, more established competitors, says T-Systems. Read More
AfDB, MasterCard to expand financial inclusion in AfricaThe African Development Bank (AfDB) and MasterCard have announced a broad collaboration that aims to expand financial inclusion across the African continent by broadening access and usage of digital financial services. Read More
Partnership expands ICT support for Ebola fight in West AfricaCollaboration among NetHope, Facebook, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Cisco, EveryLayer and Inveneo will provide sustainable Internet connectivity solutions to support frontline response efforts and long-term recovery in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Read More
IT hiccups put Botswana varsity in disarrayBotswana’s biggest university, the University of Botswana (UB) has been hamstrung by an IT problem that threatens to throw the institution into disarray. Read More
Soronko Solutions takes Tech Needs Girls programme to deprived regions in GhanaOver 300 girls in the Upper West region of Ghana will be receiving hands-on education on ICT, thanks to the Soronko Solutions Road show known as the Tech Needs Girls programme. Read More
Mascom to hand over Kitsong centresAs has become tradition, this year, Mascom will hand over ten Business Communication Centres, popularly known as Kitsong Centres. Read More
Hot five tech trends for 2015In2IT Technologies South Africa predicts this year’s top five tech trends. Read More
Human interface services revenue to break billion dollar barrier within 5 yearsJuniper Research says that by 2019 the global market for services based on gesture and biometric interface technologies will be worth an estimated $1.2 billion. Read More
Pandora’s set-top-boxControlling and facilitating access to the vast amount of content available on the internet and on our TVs, smart phones and myriad of other connected devices in the home today is no easy task, says Pace. Read More
FEATURED STORYUCC launches 2015 ACIA awards
Uganda has launched the fifth Annual Communications and Innovation Awards, which celebrate and foster ICT innovation and achievement.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHKenya’s digital TV battle hots up
Kenya’s journey to Digital TV broadcasting took a new turn this week, when the Communication Authority of Kenya (CAK) accused three local media firms of intent to disrupt the process.
COMPANY NEWSSpectra Wireless, Microsoft 4Afrika launch first commercial TV white spaces services in Africa
University students will now get fast, affordable Internet bundles and receive zero-interest financing when purchasing a new device.