Notorious Armed Robber Musa Taj Abdul Cries Foul: Says He Is Being Ill-Treated At Chikurubi
Suspected armed robber Mussa Taj Abdul has complained that he is being ill-treated by the prison guards at Chikurubi Maximum Prison. Until his arrest last year, Taj Abdul was one of Zimbabwe’s most notorious armed robbers.
He is alleged to have masterminded a spate of criminal activities and was on the police wanted list for almost two decades. Since his arrest in the border town of Beitbridge, he has been in custody, although he has made several attempts to be released on bail.
The 47-year-old suspected armed robber has complained that he is being held at Chikurubi Maximum Prison despite the fact that he is yet to be convicted and sentenced as he is still on remand.
Taj Abdul also told Harare magistrate Loice Mukunyadze that he is being ill-treated by the prison officers who are denying him access to his lawyers and friends and family.
The Herald reports that Taj Abdul told the magistrate,
“Your worship I am facing many challenges at Chikurubi Maximum Prison where I am being detained with inmates who are already serving their sentences.
“To make matters worse, I am being denied access to see my visitors by the officers.”
The magistrate requested to see the officer-in-charge at Chikurubi Maximum Prison in order to get to the bottom of the issues raised by Taj Abdul.
Taj Abdul is alleged to have committed at least 53 armed robberies across the country as well as several murders. He successfully managed to evade capture for over 20 years after he was placed on the police wanted list in 1999.
He was arrested together with 6 other armed robbers in Beitbridge following a shootout with the police in August last year.
Taj Abdul was arrested together with Charles Lundu (47), Rudolf Kanhanga alias Tapiwa Munatsi (29), Tapiwa Mangoma alias Tapa (27), Innocent Jairosi (32), Prince Makodza (31), Liberty Mupamhanga (29) and Godfrey Mupamhanga (27).