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Man sentenced over online 'HIV cure' scam

A Zimbabwean man who was convicted of an online scam selling products which claimed to kill HIV has been sentenced to 240 hours of community service by a court in Belfast.

Admare Jinga, a 31-year-old graduate of the University of Ulster, was convicted last month of fraud by misrepresentation and pleaded guilty to a second charge of marketing medicines for human use without proper authorisation.

Lawyers revealed that Jinga set up a company in Belfast which advertised his devices overseas, especially to parts of his native Zimbabwe which had been ravaged by Aids.

Jinga, who now lives in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, will carry out his community service over the next 12 months.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard in June that Jinga established a company, Savec Healthcare Ltd, in 2007 when he was living in south Belfast.

Up until 2009 it marketed products as alternative forms of treatment for the HIV infection.

They claimed to be able to kill, prevent or stop Aids, according to the prosecution.

In the witness box Jinga said he became involved with pharmacists, a microbiologist and other Zimbabwean professionals concerned with the impact of HIV in their country.

Jinga claimed that no complaints were ever received from people who used his products.

The case against Jinga was brought by the Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency.

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