The Lilongwe Magistrate Court has since granted bail to Esau who was arrested on Tuesday by the ACB.
The arrest was in relation to a case of suspected dubious transactions in the K2.7 billion Malawi Police Service (MPS) food rations deal involving businessperson Zameer Karim of Pioneer Investments.
It follows a leaked ACB investigations dossier which established that a police undertaking and commitment to CDH Investment Bank to facilitate a loan to Pioneer Investments that MPS would pay for the businessperson was fraudulent.
ACB already arrested and charged Karim and police commissioner Innocent Bottoman and senior superintendent Grant Kachingwe in relation to the case.
Karim of Pioneer Investments is facing three counts of theft of K466 million contrary to Section 278 of the Penal Code, uttering a false document presented to CDH Investment Bank to access a loan contrary to sections 356 and 360 of the Penal Code and acquiring proceeds of crime (K466 million) contrary to Section 42 (1) of the Financial Crimes Act.
On the other hand, Bottoman is accused of uttering false documents which the magistrate said he presented to CDH Investment Bank to enable Karim’s firm, Pioneer Investments, to access a loan.