DIRECTOR of Public Prosecutions Lillian Siyunyi has entered a nolle prosequi in a case where UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema and five others were charged with treason.
The case came up this morning for commencement of trial, but the DPP informed the High Court that they were entering a nolle prosequi in the matter.
On Monday, Hichilema and his co-accused pleaded not guilty to the treason charge.
They have been incarcerated for four months, first at Lusaka Central Correctional Facility and later at Mukobeko Maximum Security Prison.
Hichilema, Hamusonde Hamaleka, Muleya Hachinda, Laston Mulilanduba, Pretorius Haloba, and Wallace Chabala were arrested on April 11 and pleaded not guilty to treason when they took plea before judge Charles Chanda on Monday.
Siyunyi then proposed that trial should commence today.
But when the case came up for trial this morning, the Siyunyi entered a nolle prosequi in respect of all the accused persons and the defence did not object.
Judge Chanda then discharged all the accused persons following the nolle entered.