Lifestyle & Belief

Zimbabwe: Men caught trying to steal corpse stashed with heroin


Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, 88, in Victoria Falls at the ceremony announcing that Zimbabwe and Zambia will co-host the UN World Tourism Organization General Assembly in August, 2013.


Joseph Mwenda

Zimbabwean police have arrested two men accused of trying to steal a corpse stashed with heroin from a Harare morgue.

Plainclothes police caught the men, a Zimbabwean and a Tanzanian national, at a funeral parlor where they were trying to retrieve the body of a drug mule who had 1.4 kg of heroin, worth $112,000, in his stomach.

The dead man, named as Ally Omari Mpili, died in Zimbabwe last week while in transit between Tanzania and South Africa, the state-run Herald newspaper reported.

"A post-mortem done on 25 October by a government pathologist led to the recovery of creamish ampoules in the deceased's intestines," the Harare Magistrate's Court heard, according to the Herald.

Mlawa Jumanne Ndumbogane and Mufungo Ngara, charged with breaching Zimbabwe's dangerous drugs act, were denied bail and remanded in custody until November 12.

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