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Simusamba sets May 22 as ruling date in treason case

Lusaka magistrate David Simusamba has set May 22 as the date for ruling on whether the alleged treason charge against Hakainde Hichilema and others should be reffered to the High Court through a committal or for constitutional issues.

 

Hichilema earlier appeared before magistrate Greenwell Malumani where he’s been acquitted of the insulting language charge.

 

Magistrate Malumani, in his judgment, punched holes in the prosecution witnesses’ testimonies as there was no corroboration of the evidence.

 

He also wondered how an arresting officer in all three charges against Hichilema could lie on oath.

 

HH remains in prison.

 

And magistrate Simusamba earlier asked officer Arthur Shonga to read what the court order said about the properties which police had seized from Hichilema and his co-accused.

 

He asked Shonga to state why he did not release the said properties.

 

Shonga struggled to explain and said the process to release the vehicles would begin.

 

But magistrate Simusamba called on state advocates to explain why such happened when section 179 of the law is clear on court orders.

 

State advocate Mwewa said there was mere misunderstanding and that the sections being referred to by the court were clarified to the police officers.

 

Magistrate Simusamba has since directed the police to hand over the seized properties within two hours.

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