Lu Minghui, 45, a Chinese national was arrested recently for allegedly trying to smuggle 30 tonnes of lithium out of Zimbabwe.
Minghui who is a resident of Msasa in Harare, was found in possession of fake documents to facilitate the transportation of the lithium from Bikita Minerals to Mozambique.
He appeared before Marondera magistrate, Esther Mabika, on Thursday last week and was remanded to March 16 on $100 000 bail.
Minghui was also ordered to surrender his passport and reside at his given Msasa address.
The Chinese national allegedly hired a haulage truck from Anter International Logistics on February 25, to ferry petalite ore to Beira, Mozambique.
The transporting company showed documents indicating that the mineral was being ferried from Bikita Minerals.
On reaching the 71-kilometre peg towards Marondera along the Harare-Mutare Highway, on February 28, the truck loaded with petalite concentrate was intercepted by detectives.
Bikita Minerals reached out to the company’s officials, the officials said they were unaware of the documents. Minghui was thereafter arrested.
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