Businessman cleared of perjury, contempt charges

HARARE - A Harare businessperson accused of perjury and contempt of court charges is now a free man after the State withdrew charges against him for lack of evidence.

Tarik Adam, who reportedly demolished his buildings after attempts to evict tenants failed, is the director of A Adam and Company.

The complainant Ritenote Printers, trading as Copy World had reported the matter against him after he allegedly demolished their business premises.

They then filed perjury and contempt of court charges against Tarik.

However, Adam, in his police statement said he did not defy a court order as alleged, but did not receive the court papers that had instructions to stop him from renovating his buildings.

Ritenote Printers represented by the law firm Hamunakwadi, Nyandoro & Nyambuya had claimed Adam demolished number 147 Mbuya Nehanda Street after losing a court case in which he wanted the tenants evicted.

The firm also said Tarik had evicted them from number 109 Leopold Takawira Street, Harare, after depositing an affidavit declaring he was the owner of the premises.

Tarik said he demolished the buildings so that he would renovate the premises. - Tendai kamhungira

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