HARARE - A High Court judge has ordered businessman John Arnold Bredenkamp to pay back over $3,8 million to his former friend and businessman Yakub Ibrahim Mohammed.
Mohammed claimed in court during the civil trial that Bredenkamp borrowed the money to support the government’s troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo over a decade ago.
He said that he decided to take the legal route after the business tycoon failed to pay back the money borrowed sometime in 2002 despite making several promises to settle the debt.
The case had previously been a subject of fraud charges against Bredenkamp, who is well famed for his helicopter shuttles in Harare.
He was acquitted leading to Mohammed filing a civil suit.
Bredenkamp filed a $350 000 counterclaim alleging Mohammed maliciously caused his arrest and prosecution on fraud charges.
But High Court judge Priscilla Chigumba on Wednesday ruled in Mohammed’s favour.
In her judgment, Chigumba said Bredenkamp’s version of his arrest and incarceration was sketchy and garbled.
“We find that the report made to the police by plaintiff (Mohammed) was not fake as it is based on false information. We find that the plaintiff did not do anything more than what is required to cause a perceived perpetrator of a crime to be brought to book.
“The claim in reconvention must fail because it is this court’s view that the evidence does not support the assertion that the plaintiff caused the prosecution of the defendant without reasonable or probable cause,” she said.
Bredenkamp was represented by lawyers from Atherstone & Cook while Venturas & Samukange appeared on behalf of Mohammed.
“In the result it be and is hereby ordered that; judgment in favour of the plaintiff, as against the defendant (Bredenkamp) be entered in the sum of $3 872 123 plus interest thereon at the prescribed rate calculated from February 28, 2013 to the date of payment in full as well as costs of suit on a legal practitioner and client scale.
“The claim in reconvention is dismissed with costs on legal practitioner and client scale,” Chigumba said.